Are hair salons and barbershops going to be affected by new restrictions Governor Walz is set to introduce to try to limit the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota?
We’ve heard over the last week how positive cases of the coronavirus were skyrocketing here in Minnesota and across the country. And, even though Gov. Walz just introduced a few more restrictions on bars and restaurants last week when he instituted a statewide 10 p.m. closing time, he’s set to introduce even more restrictions at a statewide address Wednesday night at 6 pm.
Various state capitol reporters in St. Paul have said these new restrictions will mainly affect bars and restaurants (where, according to this Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal story, they will be subject to take-out only for four weeks) as well the closing of fitness centers and gyms for four weeks. Youth and high school sports are will also most likely be paused as well.
But what about hair salons and barbershops? During Minnesota’s 51-day Stay-At-Home order in the spring, those facilities were ordered to close as well– and none of us could get a haircut, get our hair colored, or anything else. (Remember how shaggy we all looked?!?) But according to veteran KSTP-TV reporter Tom Hauser, that won’t be the case this time.
In a post on his Twitter page yesterday, Hauser noted that ‘The Governor’s office confirms hair salons will not be impacted by tomorrow’s announcement…nor will dental offices, elective surgeries or retail,’ Hauser said.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until 6 pm Wednesday to hear from the Governor himself on exactly which restrictions he’s implementing here in Minnesota, how long they’ll last this time, and exactly which businesses will be impacted. (You can WATCH his announcement LIVE on our Quick Country app.)
These restrictions, of course, are aimed at limiting the activities and places where the spread of COVID-19 is the greatest. Keep scrolling to check out just which activities put you at the greatest risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to others.