May 2 roundup: This week's top 5 stories from the Nashville area

The original order called for salons to remain closed for another month. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The original order called for salons to remain closed for another month. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The original order called for salons to remain closed for another month. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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5. Gov. Bill Lee amends executive order, will allow salons and barbershops to reopen next week

In a move that reversed parts of an executive order issued just one day prior, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced barbershops and salons will be allowed to reopen beginning Wednesday, May 6.

4. Gigi's Cupcakes founder Gigi Butler launches meal delivery business in Franklin, Nashville area

Gigi's Cupcakes founder Gigi Butler launched Meals by Gigi, a meal delivery service available to households in Franklin, Brentwood and Southwest Nashville, in April.



3. As businesses reopen in Tennessee, unemployment benefits may end for those who choose not to go back to work

Healthy employees who have been receiving unemployment benefits will likely not be able to continue to collect weekly checks if they choose not to return to work when the state economy starts back up.

2. Williamson County restaurants reopen following governor’s announcement

Following Gov. Bill Lee’s April 24 announcement allowing restaurants to reopen with limited capacity in the majority of Tennessee counties, restaurants in Williamson County began to allow customers into their dining areas April 27.

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

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.

Dylan Skye Aycock and Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.

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A candlelight vigil will be held at First Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin on June 2 from 6-7 p.m. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Candlelight vigil to be held in Franklin at First Missionary Baptist Church

A candlelight vigil will be held at First Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin on June 2 from 6-7 p.m. in remembrance of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many more black Americans who have been killed in recent weeks.

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The Williamson County Library has been closed since March. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Library in Franklin to reopen to public 3 days a week beginning June 1

The library will allow patrons to come inside the building with restrictions in place.

The Franklin Theatre has been on Franklin's Main Street since the early 1930s. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)
The Franklin Theatre to reopen June 12

Patrons will be required to wear face masks, and seating will be adjusted to allow for social distancing.

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Tennessee coronavirus cases up by more than 500 in past 24 hours

Case numbers rose to more than 23,000 cumulative cases over the weekend.

After being closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Williamson County Animal Center in Franklin reopened its doors to the public June 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Animal Center reopens June 1

Visitors of the center are required to follow guidelines set out in Gov. Bill Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Plan, including being asked to wear a facemask and to maintain social distancing while inside the center.

The Williamson County Public Library launched a summer reading challenge starting June 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Library launches online summer reading challenge

Children up to age 18 can log reading hours online for a chance to win prizes.

The June 2 meeting will also be available for residents to watch via livestream at home. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Gov. Bill Lee’s economic recovery group announced plans to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and businesses in Tennessee as well as to reopen larger, noncontact attractions by May 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tennessee coronavirus cases up by more than 400 in past 24 hours; 4 more deaths confirmed

New reported cases have risen by less than 2% in the past 24 hours.

Williamson County pools will reopen June 1. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Williamson County to reopen pools, Franklin Splash Park on June 3

Additional county recreation facilities will also reopen.