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Nail salons prepared for a busy reopening

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott announced that nail salons could reopen on Friday. 

This is 10 days sooner than expected and it surprised Indulge Nail Bar general manager, Jeremy DeShazo.

"I was helping my daughter with her homework and all of a sudden my phone was just notification after notification," DeShazo said. "I look down and it's just appointment requests and people saying I'm so glad you're opening on May 8th."

Indulge Nail Bar opened in November and DeShazo said it was having a successful start leading up to the shutdown. And It was preparing for its busiest season yet. 

"We were getting ready for prom, we were getting ready for graduation," DeShazo explained. "We had a Texas Tech sorority coming in to get three to 400 pedicures for parents day."

DeShazo said business has been nonexistent since March 20th, so it will be tough to recover from those losses. However, he said people seem eager to make an appointments right now.

"We actually are booked Friday, Saturday and Sunday solid," DeShazo said. "So we have no openings right now, unless someone cancels."

Stephenie Rice owns Details Nail Art Studio and said she's had the same kind of response from her clients.

"I got 87 text messages in 32 minutes saying you're getting me in first, right?" Rice said.

Rice said many of the mandates for reopening are not new.

"They're saying now to clean your tools with a hospital grade disinfectant which has always been the standard." Rice added.

As a two person crew, Rice said she and her husband's work areas are already 40-feet apart. However, they will also take further measures to keep clients safe.

 "We will be wearing the N-95 masks to protect the clients," Rice said. "We will also be wearing face shields, providing masks and having clients wait in their cars until their appointment."

Rice plans to open salon doors on Tuesday and said she's very excited to see her clients. But she's still frustrated to be one of the later businesses to open.

"We're not one of those people who think the shutdown was for nothing," Rice said. "We just think at this time, those of us who are trained to touch you, should be allowed to do so."

Rice believes this should apply to tattoo artists and massage therapists as well. These businesses are still waiting to reopen and are not expected to be in the "phase two" guidance for May 18th. 

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