© 2023 WFSU Public Media
WFSU News · Tallahassee · Panama City · Thomasville
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Salons and Barbershops Reopen

Eight Five Zero Salon
Blaise Gainey
Marvin Evans, owner of Eight Five Zero salon checking clients temperature before she goes to meet her hairstylist.

Hair salons and barbershops across Florida are reopening today for the first time since being shut down due to COVID-19. Eight Five Zero salon in Midtown is one of them.

Marvin Evans owner of Eight Five Zero salon in Tallahassee says so far, business is doing well and many clients are making new appointments.

“It’s very few people that haven’t been ready to come back," Evans said.

The state is requiring that all barbershop and hair salon workers wear masks and gloves. Evans has added more requirements for his salon. Every client must also wear a mask. If they don’t have one, the salon has some to hand out. And clients must wait in their cars until their hairstylist is ready. Once they get to the door, that’s when they go through the final step.

"We’ll take your temperature right here at the door. If it’s anything above 100.3 the CDC considered as being a fever," Evans said. "So you have to reschedule you can’t come in."

Evans says he expects to stay under these guidelines for the foreseeable future.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.