WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Barber Shops quickly filled up as they reopened for the first time in two months. Local places like Razor's Edge and Lanie's Barber Shop said they were booked from open to close.
"I figured we'd be busy today,” said Lanie’s Barber Shop owner Joe Lanie.
Lanie said he is glad to be back in business, but having to close due to COVID-19 wasn't easy.
"We had to pay the rent twice with no money coming in you know, but we were in good enough shape to pay it,” said Lanie.
Barber shops and salons were among the personal services allowed to reopen Monday during the second stage of Indiana's Back on Track plan.
With doors open, some salons across Greater Lafayette saw wait times up to two hours.
Shops like Razor's Edge in West Lafayette saw their schedule quickly fill up. Owner Darci McKinney said appointments were booked for Monday, and Tuesday was nearly filled as well.
"We get guys in here that come in everywhere from once a week to once every three of four weeks. So when it was shut down for two months, that was a long time in between haircuts for a lot of these gentlemen,” said McKinney
With doors open, both Lanie's and Razor's Edge are keeping safety in mind. Lanie's is requiring all customers to wear face masks. Both shops are having employees wash their hands and sanitize stations between each haircut.
McKinney said she hopes business will continue safe practices even after COVID-19.
"It's human nature to be very at first and then slowly peter off and not be as vigorous as what were doing right now. I hope business step up and do more like that,” said McKinney.
Stage 2 of the state's reopening will continue through May 23rd. Retail will see looser restrictions and gyms will be allowed to reopen near the end of the month.