Gov. Whitmer Says Hair Salons Will Likely Reopen In Next 2-3 Weeks

"Trust me, I want to get my hair cut as much as the next guy"

WWJ News
June 02, 2020 - 11:23 am

    (WWJ) With the the stay-home order now lifted statewide, but restrictions still in place, many people are still not happy that they can't get their hair cut. 

    While many say dental and medical offices are just as intimate as hair or nail salons, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says there's one big difference. 

    "The difference is one is absolutely necessary to maintain your health, and the other isn't and has risk that is associated with it with just the sheer intimacy and open nature to the public," the governor said, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950 Tuesday morning.

    Barbershops, hair and nail salons and spas have been closed since March due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, but Whitmer said that will likely change soon.  

    "Trust me, I want to get my hair cut as much as the next guy," Whitmer said. "In the next two to three weeks we will be able to take that step if we all keep doing our part."

    On Monday, Whitmer said if you're one of the people driving to Ohio for a haircut, "I hope and pray you are doing your part not to bring COVID-19 home and that if you haven’t, Google how you do a haircut or throw your hair into a ponytail and get through the next couple of weeks so we can resume some of these things.”

    The governor's comment come a couple of weeks after a dozen or so barbers and stylists defied executive orders to give free haircuts on the Michigan Capitol lawn. Michigan State Police said seven people were ticketed for disorderly conduct after ignoring warnings to stop. 

    In Owosso, one barber now in a court battle with state made headlines when he refused to stay closed. 

    While salons remain on standby, Whitmer said restaurant, bar other business owners need to be getting their personal protection equipment and safety procedures in place so they can reopen next Monday, June 8. 

    "For businesses out there it's really important that right now they are studying the protocols and procuring the PPE they need," Whitmer said. "It doesn't mean we can all drop our guard and stop wearing masks. That's going to be a part of our lives for quite awhile here."

    Bars and restaurants will only be allowed to operate at half capacity, with groups sitting at least 6 feet apart, and servers will be required to wear masks, under an executive order signed Monday

    Libraries and museums and drive-in movie theaters will also be allowed to reopen on June 8. Shopping will also open up a bit more this Thursday, and the governor is further easing limits on gatherings. 

    Get all the details about what's opening in Michigan, and what will remain closed for now HERE