Our social media timelines have been packed with the woes and memes of folks around the world unable to get our edges touched up, braids redone or nails filled in since this pandemic pretty much shut the world down.
But, Georgia residents have had the opportunity to get their glam fixes on since Friday after Gov. Brian Kemp officially allowed salons, barbershops, and other grooming services to reopen their doors.
And, despite health concerns from just about everybody, including scientists, politicians like Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and even Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, folks have already started to pack out businesses that have chosen to reopen.
And, like the Florida beach sightings, they aren’t practicing social distancing and most don’t even have masks.
Images posted to social media show clients lined up outside salon doors and are keeping seats filled on the inside. Despite memes suggesting otherwise, many are more concerned with returning to their beauty regimens than contracting the coronavirus.
In fact, only 18 percent of consumers plan on continuing to avoid grooming locations now that they are open, according to a new survey by Coresight.
While a few states have begun to reopen retailers, Georgia is the first to reopen grooming services which requires breaking social distancing guidelines.
As a result, the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers issued guidelines requiring all salons are required to wear gloves, face masks, provide masks for clients, and set work stations a minimum of six feet apart. They are also being asked to act as quasi health workers by taking temperatures, asking screening questions.