When Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced “Phase One” of the plan to reopen the state in a slow, measured manner, barbershops and nail salons still weren’t allowed to reopen. But now, that’s going to change.

On Tuesday, Gov. Abbott said he would allow barbershops, nail salons, and tanning salons to reopen their doors on Friday, May 8th.

“Beginning May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations,” the Governor’s office stated in a press release Tuesday. “Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation.”

The amendment comes after Abbott received feedback from many hair and nail salon owners outlining the measures they planned to take to ensure the safety of customers.

The Governor also made sure to point out that the decision is up to these businesses whether or not they want to reopen. If a salon owner isn’t comfortable reopening yet, that’s their right.


Rules You Need To Know

If you’re planning on getting a haircut or having your nails done, there are some rules both customers and business owners need to know.

  • Only one customer per stylist is allowed in the building at a time, unless the customer is waiting for service
  • There must be at least 6 feet of distance between work stations
  • Appointments are encouraged to manage the flow of customers
  • If walk-ins are allowed, those waiting for service must distance properly
  • Customers and stylists should wear masks the whole time (this is strongly recommended but not required)

What do you think? Will you be getting your hair or nails done any time soon?