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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a target of May 6 for re-opening barber, cosmetology, massage therapy, body art and medical spa services today.

At his daily COVID-19 update today, Hutchinson outlined the restrictions that will remain in place for the businesses that provide those services and guidelines for safe practice. Those include:

-having only 10 or fewer people inside the facilities, and at larger facilities having no more than 30% of stations in operation

-no walk-in appointments

-clients should be asked to wait in their vehicles until their appointment

-time between appointments must be left to clean and sanitize stations

-a six-foot distance must be maintained between stations and for clients in waiting areas

-client names and contact information must be recorded

-those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including elderly and immunocompromised people, should consider staying home

-face coverings are required for staff

-clients must also wear face coverings when possible

-gloves must be worn

-hands must be washed before and after services are provided

-staff and clients must be screened for COVID-19

-services should be postponed if a client or staff member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 (even if the symptoms are presumed to be attributable to allergies)

-facilities must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly

The updated guidance for these facilities does not apply to schools.

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