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Virginia extends closure of non-essential businesses another week

Monday marks the second time the governor has extended Executive Order 53

Local business owners react to extension of nonessential business closures
Local business owners react to extension of nonessential business closures

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam announced during his Monday news conference that non-essential business will not reopen on Friday.

Originally, Executive Order 53 was scheduled to expire are 11:59 p.m. on April 23; however, on April 15, the governor extended that two weeks to 11:59 p.m. on May 7.

Now the order has been extended to May 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Gov. Northam on Virginia's reopening
Gov. Northam on Virginia's reopening

It’s a tough blow for hair stylists and salon owners. Penny Kerr of Corporate Image Barbershop and Melanie Cassell of Headquarters Barber Company said they have not received any government aid money.

They both had customers scheduled on the books that they now have to canceled, too.

“If they’re going to make it to where i can’t make my own money, then they need to support us. I mean they’ve put all these different factors in place, but as far as money goes we still haven’t gotten anything and it’s making it really hard to continue to follow the rules," Cassell said.

When stylists eventually can re-open, they’ll also need to follow stricter safety guidelines.


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