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It's not out of our hair yet! Local salons plan to re-open under strict precautions

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Posted at 8:14 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 10:24:52-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers congratulated citizens Tuesday for complying with the initial stay-at-home order that has resulted in the state moving to this next, "safer at home" phase.

But, like Gov. Jared Polis, he wants everyone to remain vigilant and that many of the stay-at-home rules will still apply as guidance.

"It's easier to stay at home when there is no where to go," Suthers said. "Now with some retail establishments being opened, they are going to have to do what they need to do to attract people in there by complying with the next phase of requirements."

Maintaining social distance is key, to avoid a resurgence in cases.

"We are all going to have to be disciplined, and do what we have to do, like keep wearing masks and things like that," Suthers said.

Even though the Governor's "Safer at home" plan will go into affect after Sunday, social distancing is not out of our hair yet.
At the Twisted Bohemian Salon, in Colorado Springs, salon owner Jasin Serby says, he has already started to take precautions.

"I called all of the ladies I work with and we are excited," Serby said. "At the same time we are all cautious because we want things to get back to normal."

According to the Governor's office, under this new phase, non-essential businesses that offer personal services, like hair and nail salons, as well as tattoo shops, can open but under strict precautions. When Serby got the news he could open again, he first thought about all of his struggling employees.

"My girls that work here are independent contractors. So when there is no money coming in, there is no money coming in," he said. "It's been stressful worrying about the other five families other than mine."

Now his customers are the top concern. Serby is combing through their usual operation, and says after Sunday, only three stylists will be in the salon at once. The client and the beautician must wear masks, and everyone must stay nine feet apart.

He also has a plan for his more 'seasoned' patrons.

"We are trying to get the oldest of our clientele in earlier and safely, and with no one else in the salon."

Serby says he hopes those changes will make the cut, and more and more businesses like his will open for good.

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