UPDATE, 4-29-20– WTVF News in Nashville is reporting that salons and barber shops will now be allowed to open Wednesday, May 6. State Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) said the same in a social media post this morning.
INITIAL STORY– If the coronavirus crisis has left you shaggy, you’ll have to wait another month to get a professional trim.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday afternoon issued an executive order which lists barber shops and hair salons among the types of businesses to remain closed until May 29. It’s effective for 89 of the state’s 95 counties, including Hardin and McNairy. The state’s highest population counties are under the guidance of their local health departments.
The order notes, however, that “it is anticipated that in the near future development of additional business guidelines will allow for reopening additional businesses safely,” and that the order could be revised.
Businesses that must remain closed, the order states, are barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons or spas, spas providing body treatments, tattoo services or body art facilities, tanning salons and massage services.
Also ordered to remain closed are bowling alleys, arcades, concert venues, sporting event venues, theaters and similar facilities, race tracks, indoor children’s play areas, adult entertainment venues, senior centers, and roller or ice skating rinks.
Restaurant dining areas were allowed to reopen Monday at 50 percent capacity, and numerous retail establishments were allowed to open with similar restrictions today.
The order says that “the threat from COVID-19 is far from over, and with the increased ability to return to work and engage in essential activity comes increased personal responsibility to follow the Health Guidelines to slow the spread of this virus.”