ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Friday it will become the first Maryland county to allow non-essential retail businesses to reopen with occupancy based on gross square footage.

These changes will begin June 1, and apply to barber shops, beauty salons and other non-essential retail businesses. This does not include bars and restaurants.

Anne Arundel County Announces Modified Reopening Plan Allowing Barbershops, Salons To Resume

Barber shops and beauty salons are currently open for hair services only, but limited to one customer per establishment.


Under the newest measures, the maximum number of occupants — including customers and employees — will be calculated based on 150 square feet per person.

Pittman issued the following statement in a news release Friday:

“This action allows small businesses to operate and people to get back to work, while limiting the potential spread of the virus. We all want this to succeed, so I am confident that our business owners, employees, and customers will comply with safety guidelines and help our county businesses reopen responsibly.”

Businesses will still be required to have protective measures in place, and face coverings will be required for everyone in the store.

The County Executive’s announcement comes after two meetings of his recovery work group, discussions with county health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, and input from other business and community leaders.

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Comments (4)
  1. Rob W says:

    so glad those red hat idiots will be able to get their “essential” hair cuts!

    1. Margaret Cochran says:

      Thursday shops were open in downtown Annapolis why would they open with no restrictions some

  2. Will T says:

    Yep, and if you’re too scared to go out; just stay your blue haired self at home! America (and Maryland) need to get back to work. Not everyone gets to suck on the teet of the government.

  3. BK says:

    You can’t work when you are hooked to life support or dead. and on CNN there is a story of a salon that opened in Missouri and both stylists tested positive so they exposed 140 people to the virus..remembering almost nobody has an N95 mask, the only kind that actually can block the virus. Some of those people will get sick, some of them may die and I am sure all of them thought it was “safe” to go to that salon.

    Remember there is no requirement people who literally work right in your face like barbers & stylists get tested and you do not have an N95 mask to protect you. Lots of people go to work when they feel sick+++like those hair stylists in Missouri. Smart people believe in science and sacrificing for the greater good of society- self centered Trump supporters want to make him look good at any cost. Not to worry, like he said just inject some Clorox and you’ll be fine!

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