South Carolina residents can finally stop coloring their hair and trimming those bangs themselves soon. Governor Henry McMaster announced on Monday, May 11, that South Carolina salons and gyms are opening next week. While these close contact businesses will have limited capacity restrictions in place, they'll be open for you to get that coveted cut and your sweat seshes back in again.

“With our increased capacity for testing the people of our state, it is time to responsibly and gradually get these small businesses back up and running,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. 

On Monday, May 18, non-essential businesses that have been closed for over a month and a half will start to see the light of day once more. Dine-in services have already started opening with limited capacity as of Monday, May 11.

Fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, public pools, hair salons, and barbershops will now be able to open their doors if they so choose.

Other locations that can also start opening include waxing salons, threading, nail and tanning salons, spas, and even tattoo parlors.

"We have an opportunity to set an example for the rest of the world by reinvigorating our economy while staying safe, but we can only do that if South Carolinians continue to follow the advice and recommendations of our public health experts." read a tweet from Gov. McMaster.

There have been 7,792 cases of COVID-19 in the Palmetto State to date, resulting in 346 deaths according to The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Continuing to follow the guidelines put out by health care officials while visiting these businesses is key to helping slow down the spread of the virus.

According to the official Governor's website, restrictions and regulations for these opening businesses include: 

  • Guidance on social distancing within businesses, including recommended capacity requirements

  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.

  • Additional guidance on health checks for employees

  • Additional guidance on training for employees

With testing for COVID-19 increasing, the state will be able to keep close track of case patterns for potential spikes or dips as businesses start to reopen.

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