Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis released an executive order Saturday that provides formal guidelines for two announcements made earlier in the week: barber shops and cosmetology salons will be allowed to re-open in all state counties undergoing phase one of reopening, and Palm Beach County will now be allowed to enter phase one.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been excluded from phase one due to the severity of their COVID-19 outbreaks; of 40,001 cases in Florida, nearly half were found in the two counties.
At a press conference on Friday, DeSantis said Palm Beach County could start allowing restaurants and retail shops to open their doors under certain limitations, such as keeping a low capacity of customers.
Saturday’s executive order clarified that barber shop and nail salon workers would have to abide by strict guidelines regarding hygiene protocols and customer capacity.
In addition, salons are being asked to remove all frequently touched items like magazines or service menus and consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointments.