SOUTHWEST AUSTIN DRIPPING SPRINGS EDITION
VOLUME 13, ISSUE 2 MAY 27JUNE 23, 2020
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URANT REOPENING TEXAS
S U P E R M A R K E HAIR SALO In late April, state orders by Gov. Greg Abbott outlined a timeline for reopening aspects of the Texas economy beginning May 1, after many businesses had been forced to close or alter services due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. GYM
An estimated 43%
BY NICHOLAS CICALE
of restaurants in Texas opened dining rooms when permitted May 1. SOURCE: TEXAS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Headspace Salon owner Laura North said she was surprised when Gov. Greg Abbott onMay 5 announced that Texas salons andbarbershops could reopenMay8, giving owners only three days to prepare after almost two months of being closed due to the coronavirus. “We knew pretty much right o the bat that when they told us we could open onMay 8, it wasn’t going to be feasible that quickly,” North told Community Impact Newspaper. “It really kind of threw us all for a loop, and we didn’t know how to do that in a safe way.” Abbott said state orders put in eect in May aimed to gradually reopen elements of the Texas economy over the period of a month, with guidelines and rec- ommendations passed down by state agencies to help businesses operate safely. Orders allowed malls, movie theaters and wedding venues to reopenMay 1, while Texas restaurants could reopen dining rooms, all at a limited capacity. Simi- larly on May 18, local gyms were allowed to reopen in the state, while bars and breweries could reopen to the public May 22, according to the executive orders. Despite being permitted to reopen, business owners in Southwest Austin continue to weigh their options, taking safety, demand and stang concerns into account while navigating the continuously changing landscape caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Industries divided North said she feels the haircut industry is split, with some owners believing regulations were lifted too quickly, while others see opening as something that was necessary for business to survive. “There are a lot of people that believe that salons
Doc's Backyard reopened its patio after only oering to-go service for six weeks.
It’s horrible, but a lot of the smaller salons didn’t make it.
MICHAEL UZUANIS, SALON MYSTIQUE COOWNER
Salon Mystique co-owner Misty Uzuanis styles hair May 14.
We have been deep cleaning and preparing for reopening since our gyms temporarily closed .
ADAM ZEITSIFF, GOLD’S GYM CEO
After months of vacant parking lots, Gold's Gym reopened May 18.
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