Tennessee salons, barbershops could open next Wednesday, lawmakers told

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Tennessee salons and barbershops could be allowed to reopen next Wednesday, lawmakers said they were told on Wednesday.

This comes just one day after Gov. Bill Lee signed anew executive order eluding that close-contact businesses would be closed through May 29.Through the order, Lee said the measure gives him the flexibility to reopen sooner.

Rep. Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville) said Gov. Lee announced Wednesday morning that close-contact businesses, like beauty salons, barbershops, massage therapists and nail technicians, will be allowed to reopen on May 6. This reopening will come with additional guidelines from the state's Unified Command.

This would only be in effect for 89 counties under the "Tennessee Pledge." Counties with their own health departments and excluded from this move include Davidson, Shelby, Hamilton, Knox, Sullivan and Madison.