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A Texas salon owner was sentenced to seven days in jail for defying a stay-at-home order and refusing to shut down her hair salon.
Shelly Luther, owner of Salon A la Mode in Dallas, was found in contempt of court on Tuesday and slapped with a $7,000 fine plus seven days in jail.
A GoFundMe account set up to help pay Luther's legal bills raised over $344,000.
Judge Eric V. Moye called Luther "selfish" for continuing to operate her hair salon in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.
Luther told the judge she refused to close her salon because she had to feed her kids.
Luther, 46, received a case-and-desist ordering her to close her salon, but she publicly ripped up the restraining order.
Moye chastised Luther in open court, telling her she acted selfishly and called on her to apologize to elected officials whose orders she violated.
In response, Luther said: "I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish, because feeding my kids is not selfish. I have here stylists that are going hungry because they'd rather feed their kids. So, sir, if you think the law's more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision. But I am not going to shut the salon."
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reacted to the news that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp planned to reopen some businesses by this Friday.
The governor's order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons and some other indoor facilities to resume operations by Friday if they comply with social distancing requirements.
Mayor Bottoms was caught off guard by Kemp's announcement on Monday. She created an advisory council to reopen the city next month (May). But in a statement to WSB-TV, Bottoms expressed doubt that some businesses can reopen by Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I didn't know it was coming and obviously the governor is the governor and he certainly has the prerogative to make orders that he deems appropriate. He did not consult with me."
The mayor's hair was laid and her face was beat when she spoke to WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore on Monday. But other women in Georgia haven't been to a hair salon in over a month.
"You get your hair done, I get my hair done. I don’t know how you socially distance when someone is doing your hair or doing your nails, giving you a massage," Bottoms said. "These things are concerning to me. I do hope that I'm wrong and the governor is right. Because if he's wrong, more people can die."
Many Democratic governors and mayors are resistant to reopening their states and cities even though the death toll from the virus is far below the predicted estimates.
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