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Salon owners thrilled to reopen after COVID19 shutdown

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Nail salons, hair salons and spas officially opened on Monday, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer's plan to slowly reopen the state continues. (PHOTO: Alysia Burgio)

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Nail salons, hair salons and spas officially opened on Monday, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer's plan to slowly reopen the state continues.

Most would agree, it's a day they've anxiously awaited.

After being closed for three months, many salon owners say the reopening is long overdue.

"We are happy to be open and servicing the public again," said Summer Awad.

Though it may look different getting a massage, your hair done or nails painted, "Summerset Salon & Day Spa" Owner Summer Awad says the experience will feel the same.

"Everybody is taking extra precautions, everybody has on their mask and their shield, you can smell how clean it is in here," Awad stated.

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From separating work stations and furniture to keep people 6-feet apart, putting a barrier between employees and customers in certain areas of the salon, to spacing out appointments and thoroughly sanitizing, Awad is determined to make her customers and staff feel comfortable during this uncertain time.

"I've always taken the health of the customers and the staff pretty serious. We've always held that really high as far as expectations of the girls and the cleaning company that works here," said Awad.

Awad isn't the only salon owner eager to open again.

"We're all just thrilled to be back doing what we do, making people feel great about themselves again," said Holly Gilmour.

Gilmour owns "Escape Salon & Spa" in Flint Township and says you can never be too safe.

When customers walk in, they will get their temperature taken and get asked a few COVID-19 related questions.

Clients will also see staff wearing a face mask or covering.

"We wanted to make sure everything was safe and that we did everything we could," Gilmour stated.

Beyond that, Gilmour says staff are thoroughly sanitizing work stations, spreading out to maintain social distancing and customers will see plastic barriers put up to provide an extra layer of protection.

"We're so excited to see everybody's faces again. We've been looking forward to this for far too long," Gilmour stated.

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Both salons are asking customers to wear a face mask or covering if they're able to and say even though there are services, including facials, where you'll have to remove your mask, they'll make it work.

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