Massachusetts tanning, nail salons to re-open in Step Two of Reopening Phase 2

SEEKONK, Mass. (WLNE) — The second half of phase 2 of the re-opening of the Commonwealth started Monday, meaning businesses like nail salons, tanning salons, massage parlors and tattoo parlors are now allowed to re-open.

In Seekonk, Sunseekers Tanning Salon re-opened at 9 a.m., after being closed since March 19.

“It’s been a long 3 months,” said owner, RaeAnn Marshall.

The state is requiring new safety and cleaning protocols.

Employees must wear masks, and only a limited number of people are allowed into the salon at one time.

Due to these, Sunseekers is taking reservations only.

In terms of sanitation, not much has changed in the tanning industry.

“We wipe everything down after each person anyway,” explained Marshall, who was frustrated that Governor Charlie Baker would not let her industry resume earlier.

“Tanning is so seasonal,” said Marshall. “Most people think my busiest time is the winter, but its actually the opposite — its spring and early summer,” she said.

“So it’s been frustrating because I’ve lost my season.”

Just across the border in Rhode Island, tanning salons were allowed to re-open June 1st.

Marshall did not have to lay off any employees during the pandemic, but now fears how long her business can survive after taking a huge hit.

“Time will tell,” said the owner of nearly 25 years.

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