Coronavirus in Mississippi
By Eric J. Shelton | Could 19, 2020
As barbershops, outfitters, parks, gyms and different small companies start to reopen, the specter of the coronavirus pandemic stays for a lot of.
“Have you ever been sick, and have you ever been round anybody who has examined optimistic for coronavirus?” Melody Cothran asks a buyer earlier than they enter Terry’s Household Barber in Flowood. When the shoppers are cleared to enter the store, they’re given hand sanitizer and the barbers sanitize their chairs, put on masks and alter their disposable gloves.
Gov. Tate Reeves introduced Could 11 that barbershops and salons may reopen, however solely with security tips in place. Though the “Safer-at-Residence” order stays in place till Could 25, the governor introduced on Friday that extra companies may resume operation.
“We’re very completely happy to be right here, our clients are completely happy to be right here,” Mike Cothran, proprietor of Terry’s Household Barber, mentioned. “We’re completely happy to be open as a result of we are able to present for our households and pay our payments.”
Earlier than coming into the barbershop, screening has to happen and the enterprise must be cleaned and sanitized. Additionally, hand sanitizers have to be on the entrance and chairs should be rearranged to make sure that clients are 6 ft aside. The barber or stylist should sanitize their stations after every buyer.
On Ellis Avenue, Valencia White, proprietor of Boss Girl’s Luxurious Virgin Hair, would sometimes have a number of clients at completely different stations within the salon. Having extra clients concurrently receiving providers generates extra income, nevertheless laws solely permit one buyer at a time. White is simply grateful that her enterprise is again to earning money.
“We went from earning money every day to not earning money in any respect, so it has undoubtedly been tough,” White mentioned. “We’re grateful that we’re in a position to reopen, but it surely’s kinda of sluggish.”
“It’s sort of hectic attempting to do hair or curl hair with gloves on, however we nonetheless should do it,” White mentioned. “Although we’re in a position to reopen and make cash, it’s not the identical cash that we may make like after we had been full service, so cash is restricted.”
Not solely is she involved in regards to the sluggish earnings, the specter of pandemic reaches exterior of her enterprise and into her private life. “We’re being cautious with the virus as a result of we don’t need to take it residence to our households,” White added.
Earlier this month, Reeves reopened the Ross R. Barnett Reservoir and parks across the state. As of Monday, Could 18, Mississippi has 11,432 circumstances and 528 deaths.
“None of those reopening efforts signifies that the hazard is gone,” Reeves mentioned on Friday in saying that casinos can be allowed to reopen Could 21.