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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.

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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.

Stephen Richardson's salon in Dallas, Ga, started losing business the week of March 10, according to the 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.

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A Mississippi barber who made house calls amid the coronavirus quarantine died from a cardiac arrest related to coronavirus.

Eugene "Taper" Thompson, of Brookhaven Mississippi, died over the weekend after battling coronavirus-in a hospital.

Thompson, 46, was a well known businessman who owned 2 successful Taper Nation barbershops and was a role model to young fatherless boys.

"There's a lot of people, kids and adults that he cut for free that didn't have the money and I was one of them," longtime client Shanta Harris told WLBT News.

Thompson made house calls after he was forced to close his shops during the quarantine. He advertised his house call services on social media.

On March 17, Thompson informed his followers that he was feeling feverish after making one last house call. He got tested for coronavirus and went into self-isolation on March 22.

Two days later he was admitted to a hospital with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. In a message on Facebook, Thompson advised his clients that his barbershop would be closed "for the rest of the week."

In the caption of a photo that showed him wearing a face mask, Thompson urged his followers to "Quarantine yourself away from people... places... things..."

He added: "I felt a little [achy]... fever was a little high so I came to get checked... Tapernation will be closed for the rest of the week... well deserved rest and relaxation."

Clients paid tribute to Thompson on social media.

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