Texas hair, nail and tanning salons to reopen this week, gyms next, governor says

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the US Army Corps of Engineers and the state are putting up a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Sunday, March 29, 2020.

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Texas hair and nail salons, barber shops and tanning salons will be allowed to reopen to customers with modifications starting this Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced at a press briefing on Tuesday. 

Abbott said on May 18, he would also allow gyms and exercise facilities to reopen with 25% occupancy as long as showers and locker rooms remained closed. He said equipment needs to be sanitized after each use and customers should wear gloves that cover the entire hand, Abbott said. 

He said that hair and tanning salons that reopen this Friday must also maintain six feet between customers. Employees and clients are required to wear face coverings. 

“No one is being required to open up. Every owner of every salon should use their own best judgement about when is it going to be best for them to safely open, whether it’s May 8 or if its sometime after,” Abbott said. 

Abbott allowed the state’s retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls to begin reopening with 25% capacity on April 30. He said there isn’t a plan yet to reopen the state’s bars while following proper social distancing guidelines. 

The coronavirus has infected more than 33,400 in Texas, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Dallas County reported its third straight record day for new Covid-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 4,623, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

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