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Coronavirus Update: Reopening Plan for Hair Salons, Restaurants Announced

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Reopening Plan for Hair Salons, Restaurants Announced
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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

On Thursday, May 7, Governor Mike DeWine announced the reopening dates for hair salons and personal service businesses, as well as restaurants and bars.

Advisory groups were put together for each. The restaurant and bar group was led by Treva Weaver, a Franchisee of Zoup! Eatery, and Debbie Penzone, president and CEO of PENZONE Salons and Spas, led the group of salon and personal service business owners.

Advisory groups came up with best practices for their industry, which will result in major changes for customers as businesses reopen beginning next week.

Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and personal service — On Friday, May 15, these businesses will be authorized to reopen. Some changes customers may see include:

  • Service providers will wear masks.
  • Masks may be mandatory for customers, based on service provider’s discretion.
  • Magazines, product testings and refreshments will no longer be out for customer use.
  • Customers may be asked to wait in their cars before appointments.
  • For walk-ins, only the person with the appointment will be permitted inside, with exception given to children who would be left alone otherwise.

Restaurants and bars — On Friday, May 15, these businesses will be permitted to serve customers in outdoor settings. On Thursday, May 21, they will be allowed to serve customers in indoor settings.

Changes customers will see include:

  • Owners will set floor plans with at least six feet of distance or barriers in between tables.
  • All meals will be served to customers. There will be no self-service, including buffets and salad bars.
  • Employees, with exceptions for some positions, will wear masks. For example, line cooks will likely not wear masks for safety reasons.
  • It will be up to owners’ discretion whether to mandate masks for customers.
  • Servers and employees may not be wearing gloves. This is because in this setting, gloves aren’t necessarily best practice. Handwashing will instead be made a priority.
  • Open-congregate spaces will be closed, including dance floors and the like.
    • Because of this additional space for some establishments, a mandated percentage of fire code occupancy will not be required.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly said Eric Ersher, president and CEO of Zoup! Eatery, led the restaurant and bars advisory group.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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