“Assume everyone coming in has COVID,” Knoxville salon won’t reopen in May

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – A Knoxville salon owner said she would not reopen her business May 1st, even though city and county mayors gave salons the green light to open their doors.

Vivify Salon is a full service salon that specializes in eyelash extensions. For that reason, owner Heather Tackett told

WVLT News Anchor Amanda Hara she wasn’t comfortable reopening until June, at the earliest.

“We’re placing ourselves within eight inches of our client’s face for one to three hours. We’re in contact with their tears. And the difference for me is the close contact. We wouldn’t go to the grocery store and hold hands with the cashier, or the person in line behind you, while breathing in their face for two hours with a bandana,” Tackett said. “We normally work with medical masks on, M95 and charcoal filter. I donated my supply at the beginning of this when I closed my doors prior to being mandated. I’ve been trying to source PPE stock for weeks at huge costs. I don’t feel we can open to do eyelashes until I have PPE that we need to protect ourselves and our guests. We have to assume everyone coming in has COVID and take precautions to that effect.”

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