DORR, Mich. — Governor Whitmer announced on Friday that salons, barbershops, spas and other personal-care businesses statewide can reopen starting June 15th.
Since the announcement, salon owners have been preparing on scheduling and gathering supplies necessary to reopen.
"I'm just excited and happy to be back to normal," said Jenni Figley, owner of La Bella Hair Studio in Dorr.
Figley turned phones back on today so that she could begin scheduling clients. Already, she has had 30 clients reach out to her to schedule appointments.
The news is a relief to many salon owners, concerned about the possibility of closure due to lack of income.
"We were getting very close. Everything has been coming out of our pockets so far. We were not granted any help from the state for any of the grants or loans. So, basically I was taking my unemployment and turning it around and putting it back into the business to keep everything afloat," said Figley.
Once open, Figley will work with hair stylists to keep their stations cleaned. No walk-in's will be allowed, so Figley can ensure a small number of people in the salon at once. Additionally, only two or three stylists can work in the building per day. Each stylist will also be required to wear a mask when in the building.
"We're ready to take it on and do what we have to do to make everybody happy."
The Governor said in her announcement that she expects to open more areas of the state in the coming weeks, if we continue to see a decline in cases.