TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Barbershops are finally back open across Mississippi following weeks of being closed.
Gov. Tate Reeves' amended Safer at Home order went into effect Monday morning at 8:00.
His clients have to wait outside in their vehicles before getting a cut.
The new order allows salons, barbershops and gyms to reopen with restrictions in place to keep customers and employees safe.
Marqcus Jernigan started cutting hair when he was 14 years old. He owns Spectacular Cuts Barbershop in Tupelo.
Per the governor's order, he is taking precautions.
His clients, for instance, have to wait outside in their vehicles before getting a cut.
They have to make an appointment on his website beforehand. Once inside, Jernigan says he allows 30 minutes for a haircut. After each cut, that's when he starts the sanitizing process.
He uses disinfect to wipe down the shop’s chairs and switches out the capes he uses to cloak around his customers. He’s working to buy disposable capes.
In anticipation of reopening, he started cleaning his barbershop several weeks ago.
He says he is using airbrushes and paper towels to dust off clients instead of brushes.
He's using hand sanitizers, dispensers, masks and gloves.
Jernigan says he does not know how long he will have to practice these safety measures, but he says he's equipped and he plans to do so for as long as it takes.