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Guidance for Close Contact Businesses Opening May 6

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Economic Recovery Group released guidance Thursday for close contact businesses in 89 counties who will be allowed to reopen for business on Wednesday, May 6.

Close contact businesses such as barbershops, hair salons, waxing salons, nail spas, and massage therapy services will be allowed to reopen under recommended CDC guidelines including limiting the number of customers to 50% of fire code capacity; practicing social distancing between customers; appointment only services; physical modifications to accommodate social distancing including workstations 6-feet apart and physical barriers; prohibiting waiting areas, common areas, or serenity lounges; thorough workstation and equipment disinfection after each customer and utilization of single-use or disposable items; enhanced sanitation of commonly touched surfaces and equipment at least every two hours and when visibly soiled; discarding of single-use tools immediately after use; daily deep cleaning and sanitation of high-touch areas; appropriate temperatures for washers and dryers to ensure thorough sanitation; prohibiting non-customer companions to accompany customer during services; and no group or communal settings for close contact personal services such as couples’ massages, salt rooms, saunas, or pools.

According to the guidelines, services that require removing face coverings such as beard shaving/trimming, facials, etc. are not permitted during phase 1. Customers will be required to wear a cloth face covering at all times while in the premises not including N-95 or medical masks which should be reserved for healthcare workers. Customers will be screened for illness upon entry. Massage professionals may consider other precautions to avoid uncomfortable or dangerous positions for clients wearing face coverings.

Employees will be screened and temperature-checked before reporting to work, and are advised to increase hygiene practices like washing hands more frequently and changing protective garments regularly. Employees will be asked to wear a cloth face covering and perform disinfection of high-touch surface areas regularly.

For full guidance for close contact businesses, click here.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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