On Friday May 8, 2020 Gov. Kay Ivey lifted many restrictions by issuing an amended Safer at Home order, giving the green light for close contact services like salons to open on May 11, 2020.

“It was really difficult when we were told we had to close our business,” New Creations Salon owner Doug Holder told WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea Barton when she visited the salon on their first day back in business.

Across town, salon owner Hien Atkins said it’s been tough after she had to close her business.

“It was worrying me in the beginning of course, about my health but then all the economic impacts on my family,” she said.

Holder and Atkins said they worked extremely hard to be back in business May 11.

“We just kind of did what we had to do,” Holder said. “We are extremely happy to be open again.”

Atkins agreed.

“I am really really happy and really excited,” Atkins said. “A lot of my clients already called me. They were really excited to come back and have their services done. I am here. I hope that everything will come back to normal really soon.”

Under Alabama’s modified safer at home order, all close-contact service providers are operating under enhanced social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

“All of my clients have to wear masks when they come in they have to wash their hands,” Atkins said. I use gloves, N95 masks. I clean up after each client. I disinfect all of the area. Everything I use is all disposable.”

Holder said they’ve put up shields for patrons.

“There are quite a few things that we have done to get ready,” Holder said. “That is another reason for us only going 50% capacity right now, so we do not overwhelm everyone.”

If you’ve ever been to any salon, you know what friendships can be developed during your appointments. Holder and Atkins told WVUA 23 they are looking forward to safely seeing their clients, turned friends again.

“We immediately jumped on the phone and started calling to get out guests scheduled back in because they’ve been waiting,” Holder said smiling.

“I see my clients every two weeks. We exchange opinions, We chit chat a lot during our sessions,” Atkins said. “I really miss them dearly. I really want to know how they passed their time this last month, what they did, how they managed to isolate themselves. I can’t wait.”

An expiration date on the current safer at home order has not been issued.

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