Salons preparing to reopen while gyms stay closed - FOX34 Lubbock

Salons preparing to reopen while gyms stay closed

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LUBBOCK, Texas -
More Lubbock businesses are prepping for Friday, when the governor will allow them to reopen.
 
Owner of Regimen salon, Natalie Craig says it's ready to adapt to the requirements of reopening, but she isn't rushing things.
 
"Mother's Day is coming up so we wanted to make sure to spend that time with our family and make sure we don't contact anything," Craig said. "For the safety of our parents, we're going to open on Monday."
 
Craig said spots are booking up and business is ready to boom again. However, she said it will be a new normal.
 
"There are going to be some big changes you'll see here," Craig explained. "We will be wearing masks and strongly suggesting our clients wear a mask and if clients have been sick they must reschedule and no one else can come in except for them."
 
The shutdown affected salons in different ways, but Craig said the worst part was being deemed non-essential.
 
"It was heart-wrenching when they said we weren't essential," Craig said. "As business owners, we believe if we are opening a business then it is essential to the public." 
 
On the list of businesses still waiting to reopen is gyms.
 
"I believe a gym is essential," Craig said. "I think it can be even more essential because it has to do with your health."
 
Wellness Director at Zach's Club West, Brandan Fokken agrees.
 
"As a community, we're all in this together as they say right, so you can't get mad at a business owner for them being allowed to open, they didn't decide that, the governor did," Fokken said. "So when we see a tanning salon open, we say if you can go to a tanning salon and lay in your own sweat, why can't you go to a gym?" 
 
Zach's Club West considered opening earlier this week, regardless of Governor Abbott's orders. However, Fokken says conversation with Lubbock's government changed the owner's minds.
 
"Mayor Pope was super, super supportive of us and we respect that, and due to that respect we showed respect back and backed down," Fokken said. "We were able to get our thoughts and feelings to the governor."
 
Despite feeling heard, Fokken is still frustrated.

"We still think we should have been on that next opening scene," Fokken said. "But beyond that, the things he talks about like speaking to local businesses, fitness experts and all the people who are helping him make these decisions, who are these people? We didn't get a call, I didn't get a call."
 
Zach's Club West is more than ready to reopen and staffers say its clients are as well.
 
The "Open Texas Plan" expects gyms to reopen on the 18th, pending more state-wide data.

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