Businesses that provide physical services are likely to be among the hardest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants can still sell their food through delivery or pick up, many office jobs can ask their employees to do their work at home, and universities around the country can conduct remote classes.
But businesses that cut your hair, give you a massage, do your nails, and provide other services of the like, were unable to conduct any business at all while the stay-at-home order was in place.
Service businesses have been allowed to reopen, but what precautions do they have to take?
Now with the stay-at-home order in Minnesota being lifted in mid-May and the governor allowing businesses to reopen, one of the requirements for businesses in St. Paul as well as Minneapolis is that citizens going into any business must wear a face mask, which started to be in effect June 1st.
On top of wearing masks as a baseline protection, many of these service businesses are having people schedule their appointments online, wait outside of the store instead of in a waiting room, and are removing things like magazines and other items that are intended to be touched by multiple customers.
Some Massage Shops, Hair Salons, and Barbershops are taking even further measures to ensure the safety of their customers.
We know that masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they commonly get hot and uncomfortable to work in, especially if they are cloth masks. But because all individuals are required to wear masks inside of businesses, many shops have chosen to open up with a much more limited amount of open hours, some have temporarily decreased their maximum occupancy, and some others have set up plastic or other types of walls to do their jobs safer than ever before.