Abbott says Texans can get a haircut on Friday. But if you want a cocktail, you still have to wait.

Updated: May 6


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that hair and nail salons in Texas can re-open on Friday while “strongly recommending” that barbers, stylists and customers all wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gyms will be able to open on May 18, but showers and locker rooms will remain closed.

There is still no word on when bars will be allowed to re-open and that’s causing a lot of frustration for bar owners who say they are being treated unfairly.

“I am very frustrated. There are local establishments in Stephenville where people are going to just drink alcohol and hang out – and eating very little food,” said Court Cole, owner of Bull Nettle. “I can spread out my seating like anyone else, and I can keep my business clean just like anyone else.”

Cole said he has emailed the governor’s office to express his frustration and offer suggestions on strategies to help bars get back to business sooner rather than later.

“I have enough money to continue my payroll for about three more weeks and that’s it,” Cole said. “I need to get my people back to work.”

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