What It’s Really Like For Nail-Salon Owners and Employees Reopening Amid COVID-19

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Select businesses in the beauty industry may have started to reopen, but that certainly doesn’t mean things are back to normal. Reopening personal-care businesses like spas, hair and nail salons, and beauty retailers amid the coronavirus has proposed many different challenges. While most of these close-contact businesses across the US have opened their doors again, they’re still trying to find the new “business as usual.”

At this point, nail salons in most of the country have been permitted to reopen – save for a handful of counties in various hot-spot states that have closed again to control a new surge in COVID-19 cases. While the first month back for salon owners and nail technicians is undoubtedly exciting – especially considering many have been out of work for the last four or five months – there are a lot of new safety protocols, restrictions, and procedures to get used to.

Ahead, we tapped three nail salon professionals, one from California and two from New York City, to find out what reopening a nail salon amid COVID-19 is really like.

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