INDIANAPOLIS–Salons are a local matter, but a group of salon owners and workers holding up signs at the state house hope Gov. Eric Holcomb will override the mayor of Indianapolis. The group is demanding that salons and barber shops be allowed to reopen immediately.
Mayor Joe Hogsett said he will allow those shops to reopen June 1.
“We’re ten times cleaner than the mall and you can go into Finish Line and buy shoes. But, you can’t come into a salon and get your hair done,” said Diana. “I don’t understand why you’re picking and choosing those types of things.”
Marion County, along with Lake and Cass, has lagged in reopening because of a high number of people with coronavirus. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen Friday, but only with outside seating. The forecast for next week has a chance of rain every day.
“We are trained to practice safe sanitation practices. So, we think we need to be open,” said Donna, another person with a sign saying “Open Marion County Salons”.
Both women said they hope Holcomb will do what the governor has said he will not do and supersede Hogsett’s authority.
“It will ultimately rest with that local control,” he said at Wednesday coronavirus news conference, where he announced most of the state would be moving into phase three of the state’s reopening plan, which includes Marion, Cass and Lake counties on later dates.
When asked if they would be out there every day, the response was, not likely.
“We’re a whole bunch of moms with a whole bunch of kids. So, we can’t be out here every day. But, maybe just out here a little bit will bring more awareness that we just want to work.”