Salons going above and beyond the call of beauty to reopen safely

Posted at 9:33 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:32:24-04

Masks, protective vinyl between stations and even thermometers -- those are just some of the protective measures you could find at your next salon visit.

Salon M in Mt. Lookout reopened Friday with a window full of balloons and a sign that read "we missed you!" on the sidewalk. Salon M, like all Ohio salons, have been closed for two months to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Now, salons, spas, tanning beds, barbershops and tattoo parlors in Ohio have received the green light to reopen -- with some added requirements to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.

Day spas like Mitchell's told WCPO they’re following all of the necessary guidelines to keep people safe. They’re placing disposable liners on the chairs, locker rooms and relaxation areas are closed at all locations, everyone will have to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire and customers will have their temperature checked before they can be seen.

Logan Hines, marketing director of Mitchell's Salon and Day Spa, said the precautions won’t get in the way of relaxation.

“The level of service will still be there, just might be covered with a mask or a couple sanitation stops along the way, but hopefully you'll leave a little more relaxed than you've been at home,” Hines said.

Chris Mann, owner of Woodhouse Spas, said all three Ohio locations will remain closed until next Friday.

Mann said his phones have been ringing off the hook with people trying to make appointments, but his biggest concern is his 130 employees.

“One of our advantages is it's not like a restaurant. You're in a room with one person, so it's one-on-one contact, which is nice. So that makes it a little easier. But still there are a lot of comings and goings,” Mann said.

You may have to wait a while to get into a Woodhouse spa -- they're only allowing a few clients in at a time and are staggering appointments to create social distancing.