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Milwaukee eases restrictions to allow more businesses to open including salons, spa, and retail

Paris Reel sits behind plastic barrier
Open sign hangs outside Milwaukee business
Posted at 9:32 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 17:40:27-04

MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee eased public health restrictions to allow more businesses to open Thursday. Mayor Tom Barrett announced barbershops, salons, spas, waxing salons, nail salons, tattoo shops and child care operators can reopen. Though he did say restrictions would be in place for those businesses.

“For example, barbershops and salons that will be able to reopen one customer per person,” said Barrett.

Retail stores can also operate with a limit of five customers. This new directive means the city will now match what it open in Milwaukee County.

Open sign hangs outside Milwaukee business
Open sign hangs inside the Euphoria Wellness Boutique in Milwaukee, ready to let customers in for the first time in weeks.

When the co-owner of Euphoria Wellness Boutique, Paris Reel, heard the news this afternoon he went right to the store and hung up his open sign.

“It was awesome to put it up on that suction hook show that we are open,” said Reel.

He said his CBD store has been ready with extra precautions including hand sanitizer right when you walk in.

Paris Reel sits behind plastic barrier
Paris Reel sits behind plastic barrier ready to wait on customers.

“We do have a safety glass up for protection of myself as well as my customers,” said Reel.

Euphoria Wellness Boutique
Euphoria Wellness Boutique is open in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee County and city leaders have say if something changes and there is a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases they are ready to put restrictions back in place.

“If anything does lead to any surge of infections with Milwaukee County services opening up, then we want to shut them down again and new risk mitigation strategies will be put into place,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.

The city is requiring employees of salons, spas, barbershops and tattoo parlors to wear masks when interacting with customers. They are also supposed to ask their customers to do the same, if they can.

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