The line queued down the block outside one Atlanta barbershop on the first official day of Georgia's reopening.
Friday, April 24, was the first phase of Gov. Brian Kemp's plan to reopen Georgia. On Monday, Kemp announced that local establishments could reopen for business following a one month lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Customers waited in line after 7 a.m. outside Peachtree Battle Barber Shop in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood.
Matt Maddox was one of the customers waiting in line to get his hair cut amid the fear and uncertainty.
"I certainly don't want to spread it to anyone so I've got a mask, but I'm not really concerned," Maddox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "If you're cutting hair or you're a waiter, you haven't been working, so it helps get the economy started again."
At Studio 151 in Dallas, Georgia, the first appointment was at 6:20 a.m., according to the salon's owner.
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Stephen Richardson's salon in Dallas, Ga, started losing business the week of March 10, according to the AJC.com. By March 26, he was ordered to shut his doors because he wasn't an essential business.
"I went from 100% to zero," Richardson told the AJC. He said he had to comply with a 14-page list of safety guidelines issued by the state. He added some of his own to keep his customers safe.
"We have our very own concerns, but we need our clients," he said. His protocols include one client at a time and temperature checks at the door.
By noon Friday, Richardson and another stylist were seeing a steady stream of clients.
"People are pretty much getting in and out," Richardson said. "I give the clients credit. Every client that has shown up has had a mask."
Barber shops and hair salons were grateful to do brisk business after a month of no revenue. But Some businesses were so devastated by the coronavirus lockdown that they will never recover.