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.
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.
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He said his CBD store has been ready with extra precautions including hand sanitizer right when you walk in.
“We do have a safety glass up for protection of myself as well as my customers,” said Reel.
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.