Here's When You Can Expect Blow-Dry Bars in Each State to Open Again
By the end of March, 42 states issued mandated stay-at-home orders and all 50 placed restrictions on residents in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving many without access to most service-oriented businesses. The beauty industry was among the hardest hit due to nationwide closures of hair salons, spas, and dermatology offices.
Now, as more stay-at-home orders reach their expiration dates, dozens of states have announced plans to reopen businesses. While this includes facilities such as nail salons and spas, you may be wondering where specialty businesses like blow-dry bars fall into the equation.
We broke it down for you, state by state. Read ahead to check out our guide to when blow-dry bars are set to reopen their doors in all 50 states.
Alabama adopted a "safer at home" order that was effective until May 15 after the state's stay-at-home order expired at the end of April. Blow-dry bars, hair salons, and barbershops were allowed to reopen on May 11.
After Alaska's stay-at-home order expired, blow-dry bars, hair salons, and barbershops were allowed to reopen on April 27. Restrictions and social-distancing measures will be in place.
Arizona's stay-at-home expired on May 15, and salons and blow-dry bars have been given the green light to reopen.
A statewide stay-at-home order was never issued in Arkansas, although blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 6. Each salon is required to operate by appointment only, with no more than 10 people in the facility at once. Stylists and customers are also required to wear face masks.
A shelter-in-place order has been in effect in California since March 19, and though Governor Gavin Newsom recently allowed some businesses to reopen their doors, blow-dry bars remain closed in all but a few rural counties.
Colorado's stay-home order expired April 26, and under a "safer-at-home" approach, businesses have been allowed to reopen in phases. Hair salons and blow-dry bars were allowed to open with precautions on May 1.
In effect since March 23, Connecticut's stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 20. Blow-dry bars in the state are currently discussing reopening plans.
A shelter-in-place order has shut down Delaware's nonessential businesses since March 24 until May 15. Blow-dry bars will be allowed to reopen with limited appointments.
The stay-at-home order in Florida expired on April 30, and blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 11. All customers will be served on an appointment-only basis, and stylists and customers are required to wear masks at all times.
Blow-dry bars in Georgia were allowed to resume business on April 24 after a shelter-in-place order that was in effect for three weeks.
In effect since March 25, Hawaii has extended its stay-at-home order through the end of May. Blow-dry bars will remain closed.
Idaho plans on reopening the state with a four-phase plan. Blow-dry bars won't be allowed to reopen until phase two, which is set for late May.
Illinois's stay-at-home order has been extended through the end of May, and blow-dry bars remain closed.
After the state's stay-at-home order expired on May 1, blow-dry bars were allowed to open on May 11 (May 18 in Indianapolis) with restrictions.
A stay-at-home order was never issued in Iowa, though blow-dry bars in the state closed temporarily and were allowed to reopen on May 15.
After the stay-at-home order in Kansas expired on May 3, officials announced that salons and blow-dry bars will reopen no earlier than May 18.
In Kentucky, a "healthy at home" order has kept people safe and indoors since March 26. This order is currently indefinite, but an outlined plan might see blow-dry bars reopen in late May.
Louisiana's stay-at-home order ended on May 15 after taking effect on March 23. Blow-dry bars are now allowed to reopen at 25 percent occupancy.
Maine recently started a four-phase plan to reopen the state, and blow-dry bars were allowed to resume business on May 1 with restrictions.
Maryland's stay-at-home order has been in effect since March 30, but blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 15 with restrictions.
The stay-at-home order in Massachusetts was recently extended to May 18, and there's currently no plan in place for when nonessential businesses are set to reopen.
Michigan's stay-at-home order, in effect since March 24, expired on May 15. There are currently no plans for blow-dry bars to reopen.
After the state's stay-at-home order expired on May 3, Minnesota's salons and blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen with restrictions. All facilities will operate at a reduced capacity, and customers and stylists are encouraged to wear protective gear.
Mississippi's safer-at-home order will end on May 25, and blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 11 with new safety precautions in place.
Blow-dry bars in Missouri were allowed to resume business on May 4. This includes blow-dry bars, although restrictions are in place.
Montana is reopening in phases, but many hair salons and blow-dry bars were able to resume operations on April 27.
A statewide stay-at-home order was never issued in Nebraska, though many nonessential businesses still closed. Blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 4.
Nevada's stay-at-home order ended on May 15, though blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 9.
New Hampshire's stay-at-home order is currently in place until May 31, though blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 11.
New Jersey's stay-at-home order has been in effect since March 21 and will continue indefinitely. Blow-dry bars are currently closed.
New Mexico's stay-at-home order ended May 15, though there are no current plans for blow-dry bars to resume business.
The state's current stay-at-home order expired on May 15, though blow-dry bars will remain closed in areas where the infection rate is still high, like New York City.
North Carolina's reopening plan will occur in phases, but blow-dry bars remain closed for now.
Many businesses, including blow-dry bars, were allowed to resume operation on May 1 with restrictions.
Ohio's stay-at-home order remains in effect until May 30. Blow-dry bars were allowed to resume business on May 15.
Oklahoma never mandated an official stay-at-home order, though some nonessential businesses are still closed. They were officially allowed to reopen on April 24, taking customers by appointment only.
Oregon's stay-at-home order was issued on March 23, and salons were allowed to reopen as soon as May 15 if they followed specific guidelines.
Pennsylvania is reopening its economy gradually, and some blow-dry bars were able to reopen on May 8.
Rhode Island will reopen the state in phases. Reopening blow-dry bars will occur in the second phase, which is set to take place in late May.
Blow-dry bars in the state will be allowed to reopen on May 18.
No stay-at-home order was issued in South Dakota, but blow-dry bars are among businesses still closed for safety.
Blow-dry bars in Tennessee were allowed to reopen on May 6 after the state's stay-at-home order expired on April 30.
Texas blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 8 with limitations. According to some guidelines, salons should only offer services that are less time-consuming and complex (like blowouts).
Utah did not have a statewide stay-at-home order, but hair salons and blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen on May 1.
Vermont's stay-at-home order has officially ended after being extended to May 15. Currently, there are no specific plans for reopening blow-dry bars.
Virginia is also set to reopen in phases, and blow-dry bars were allowed to reopen with restrictions during phase one, which began on May 15.
Some businesses in Washington were allowed to reopen on May 4, as part of phase one of its reopening plan. Blow-dry bars will be included in phase two and will be allowed to reopen soon at reduced occupancy.
West Virginia began reopening in phases on April 30, though blow-dry bars won't reopen until the plan reaches phase two.
Wisconsin's stay-at-home order was recently extended to May 26. Blow-dry bars remain closed for now.
All blow-dry bars in Wyoming were allowed to reopen on May 1, following specific conditions, though an official stay-at-home order was never issued.
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