Salons Outside Omaha Continue Operations

March 25, 2020, 5:20 p.m. ·


Tuesday the Douglas County Health Department clarified that under the state Directed Health Measure, salons will be asked to close because people will not be able to stay six feet apart. Similar measures will now go into place in Lancaster, Saunders, and Dodge counties.

Salons in other parts of the state remain open. Laurie Sindt owns ArtistiCuts in Grand Island. She said the salon is sanitizing common surfaces like door handles, counters, and styling equipment.

They’re also asking patrons not to bring friends or family to their appointments, so that the salon can stay under the 10 person recommended limit on public gatherings.

Sindt said the salon represents a social outlet for some patrons.

“Some of our clients are [elderly] clients and they haven’t left their house, so for them to come get their hair done, it’s like, "Oh my gosh I gotta just actually talk to somebody for an hour. I’ve been just looking at my walls,’” Sindt said. “Because of course their family don’t let them go to the grocery store or go out anywhere. But they are letting them come in to get their hair done ‘cause it just makes them feel better.”

If an area has a community spread case of COVID-19 identified, that area will be placed under a Directed Health Measure, which would close hair and nail salons.