Walton County begins opening up for business – one day at a time

By Darrell Everidge

As the governor gives the OK for some businesses to re-open, there’s still a fear among some who think this is too soon. A visit to downtown Monroe on Friday found local nail salons still closed with notes on the door stating that they are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. This wasn’t the case, however, for some of the hair salons and barbershops.
Tiffany Glaze cuts the hair of a customer at Jagged Edge in downtown Monroe on Friday, April 24, 2020, after getting the go-ahead from Gov. Brian Kemp for hairdressers to open up under specific guidelines. Photo credit: Darrell Everidge.
“We are following all the protocols and we believe our customers will feel safe when they visit,” said Tiffany Glaze, owner of Jagged Edge Hair Studio.
There appeared to be more people walking in downtown Monroe than in previous days  “I just want to get back to somewhat of a normal way of life,” said John Miller as he walked past Little Italy.
Design Clips in Downtown Monroe also opened up its doors on Friday, April 24, 2020, under the guidelines mandated by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Photo credit: Darrell Everidge

There was a line waiting outside Jeffcoat‘s Barber Shop with a least an hour wait. Customers were asked to take a number and wait outside. Design Clips also had customers waiting as one little girl was having her hair cut. A visit to the local tattoo shop found a note on the door saying they are still closed until further notice.

Jeff’s Barber Shop in downtown Monroe began cutting hair again Friday, April 24, 2020, under certain guidelines after getting the go-ahead from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Photo credit: Darrell Everidge
There’s no real timeline on when everybody will be able to open back up. It looks like it really depends on when they feel safe themselves. Until then, we will likely continue to do what makes us feel safe and take it one day at a time.


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