Updated: May 20, 2020 08:01 PM
Created: May 20, 2020 07:58 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Businesses took a major hit when the March shutdown closed their doors, but optimistic salons are gearing up to re-open in June.
Like many self-care businesses, social distancing can be difficult. From manicures to a haircut, close contact is required, but after Gov. Tim Walz's announcement to reopen self-care facilities, salon owners are preparing to welcome customers back safely.
"Capacity in here is probably four clients or five clients and five nail techs, and also we have shielded glass here as you see to protect both sides, clients and our workers," said Paul Lek, the Operations Manager at Glo Nails in SE Rochester.
An exclusive look into the salon showed that ironically they've already been practicing social distancing way before the pandemic. Pedicure stations sit six feet apart, and the staff had already been wearing masks according to Lek. Other measures like requiring clients to wear a mask and spreading out appointments will be added to the safety measures starting June 1.
"We have to set up the appointment and what time they get in. No one is allowed in after that until the client is done and then we can let the next client in after we clean up," said Lek.
Lek said clients will remain in their cars until they are called by their nail technician and given the okay to enter the building.
The staff shared that they have struggled during this closure like so many businesses across the state, and they are a bit nervous to reopen.
"We do as we can, to prevent the spreading," said Lek.
He adds that even though they are a little nervous, the staff is still proud of the policies they have created and eager to welcome their clients new and old back to the salon.
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