How Orange County salon owners are dealing with new normal after COVID-19 shut them down

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — For many hair stylists in Central Florida, the first two weeks back at work have been all about getting clients in the door and getting used to a new normal after COVID-19 shut them down.

Salon owners in Orange County said being closed was tough and the new normal isn’t easy either.

Many salons have rearranged furniture so clients are six feet apart from one another.

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Salon owner Frenchie Gnomes said she is making sure clients know the new rules are necessary if they want to get their hair done, but she said getting everyone to understand isn’t easy.

“At times clients are excited to come." Gnomes said. “They can’t wait to see us but once you lay out the new rules they don’t like it. They don’t want to wear masks. They don’t like that you’re taking their temps.”

While Gnomes doesn’t think those precautions have stopped people from coming out, she said some clients just aren’t ready.

“We went from doing maybe 12 clients a day to three,” she said. “I have had clients I’ve been doing for 24 years who have decided they’re just not going to come out. They’re going to wait until all the phases (of reopening) are done.”