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Hair and nail salons, spas to close as part of coronavirus shutdown

It wasn't immediately clear that hairdressers and spa-like businesses were included in the governor's shutdown.

Minnesota's hair salons and spas closed as of late Tuesday evening as part of the governor's coronavirus shutdown.

It wasn't immediately clear if hairdressers and nail salons were included in the shutdown of entertainment venues and businesses ordered by Gov. Tim Walz on Monday.

But in a 9 p.m. update Tuesday, the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology confirmed that hair and beauty establishments are included in that and should close through at least 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 27.

The board has also asked the state's cosmetology schools to "prioritize the health and safety of students and clients," and to ensure that any alternative learning plans they put in place don't contravene the governor's shutdown of businesses and schools.

Among the companies subsequently announcing closures was Floyd's 99 Barbershop, which has two stores in the North Loop and Uptown areas of Minneapolis.

"Floyd’s must do our part to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus for the long term good of our communities. We need to be part of the solution,” said Jamie Repenning, Floyd’s Barbershop President.

"This was certainly the hardest decision that we’ve had to make in the history of Floyd’s."

Also closing are the 7 Juut Salonspas in the Twin Cities, which announced that bookings made through the end of March have been canceled.

"Each person that comes through our doors is a valued beyond measure," the company said. "We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon! We’re all in this together."

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