Gym, salon owners voice frustration

While some Kansas businesses have been allowed to reopen, several others must wait another two weeks or longer. Gym and salon owners were among those unable to open until May 18.

State News

May 4, 2020 - 9:21 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As many Kansas shops and restaurants prepare to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown, the owners of bars, salons and some other types of businesses are wondering why they must still keep their doors closed.

Gov. Laura Kelly is lifting a statewide stay-at-home order effective today as part of a gradual step to reopen the state’s economy, allowing certain nonessential businesses, including dine-in restaurants and retail shops, to open. But her plan prohibits bars, gyms, theaters, barbershops, hair and nail salons or state-owned casinos from opening until at least May 18.

Eric Fisher employs 100 hairdressers in Wichita. He recently opened a fourth salon in downtown Wichita and said “it just breaks my heart” to see it sit idle. He wonders why Kelly’s order allows dentists to operate, but not salons.

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