Tennessee announces guidelines for salons, barbershops, other 'close-contact' businesses to reopen May 6

See what guidelines businesses and customers will have to follow. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See what guidelines businesses and customers will have to follow. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

See what guidelines businesses and customers will have to follow. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Bill Lee announced new guidelines April 30 for more businesses to reopen across the state.

Beginning May 6, salons, barbershops and other 'close-contact' businesses, such as massage therapy services and waxing and nail salons, will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity and under safety requirements to limit the spread of coronavirus. The new guidelines are part of the "Tennessee Pledge," Lee's handbook for businesses allowed to reopen.

“As we continue a measured reopening of the economy, it’s critical we provide evidence-based guidance to businesses so they can keep their employees and customers safe,” Lee said in a statement. “The very nature of close-contact businesses calls for strong solutions, and we’re inspired by the willingness of these small business owners to take the 'Tennessee Pledge.' These guidelines will allow thousands of businesses to reopen, put their employees back to work and serve customers in a thoughtful and safe manner.”

Under the guidelines, close contact businesses must:

  • Offer services by appointment only to limit number of customers;

  • Move workstations at least six feet apart to accommodate social distancing;

  • Ensure workstations and equipment are disinfected after each use;

  • Discard any single-use tools after each use;

  • Prohibit groups or communal services, such as couples' massages;

  • Prohibit the use of waiting areas; and

  • Screen and temperature-check all employees before allowing them to report for work.

Additionally, customers and employees alike are encouraged to wear face coverings, and any services that would require the removal of coverings, such as beard trimmings and facials, are not allowed as part of the first phase of reopening. These guidelines do not apply to some large counties, including Davidson County.

Read the full set of guidelines in the "Tennessee Pledge" here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.