Florida hair and nail salons can reopen beginning Monday, says Gov. Ron DeSantis

The announcement applies to portions of Florida that have already began the Phase I reopening plan.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis says we can all stop cutting our own hair.

Today the governor announced that most barbershops, as well as nail and hair salons will be allowed to reopen on Monday, May 11. 

Establishments will be allowed to reopen as long as they follow enhanced safety protocols, said the late afternoon Twitter announcement, which featured a video from Orlando barber J. Henry. 

“We are ready to get back to work and make some money! But getting back to work, we want to be safe and continue to wear our gloves wear masks, book by appointments and continue to keep the community safe,” Henry said in the video. “We want to continue to keep one thing in mind, safety is always first.”

DeSantis' announcement did not say exactly what these "enhanced safety protocols" mean exactly. But the announcement applies to all counties currently under Phase One of the governor's plan to reopen Florida. In other words, as of Monday, only Broward and Miami-Dade counties won't be able to get haircuts. 

In a Friday afternoon press conference, DeSantis extended the state of emergency for 60 additional days, until Tuesday, July 7, and allowed Palm Beach County to join the rest of the Florida counties participating in the phased reopening of restaurants and retail stores. DeSantis noted the state's rate of positive COVID-19 test results has lowered to 1.91 percent, "the lowest we've had since the epidemic began."

"There's a lot of good trends, the work certainly isn't done," said DeSantis Friday, "but I think it's pretty clear in every corner of the state, flattening the curve so every hospital system is able to cope, that has been achieved."

This is a developing story and we'll update it when more information is available. 

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