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McKENZIE (May 6) — Rejuvenate MedSpa & Salon on Hospital Drive reopened Wednesday under the guidelines of the Tennessee Pledge.
The full-service salon, owned by Raquel Hixson, LPN, offers services for hair, nails and skin. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the business had remained closed since March 27.
Upon reopening, employees and customers must follow a plethora of procedures designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
No walk-ins are allowed. Clients must call or text their stylist, nail tech or provider to make an appointment.
Upon arrival, clients must remain in their cars, contact the provider and await further instructions.
The client must enter alone. A child with an appointment may be accompanied by one adult.
Clients must wear a mask. Rejuvenate will try to have masks available, but asks clients provide their own if possible.
Temperature will be taken to ensure the client is not above 100.4 degrees.
Hands must be washed upon entering.
If a client has been exposed to sickness or has been sick themselves, they are asked to please reschedule their appointment.
The staff will clean and sanitize between each client entering the building.
Stylist Reni Toombs spoke to The Banner about the impact of the closure. “We are all self-employed, therefore being forced to stay home means no income for us. We applied for unemployment, which was a nightmare because the website was not set up for self-employed people. Some received benefits quickly, but others still haven’t received any payment. For those of us that have two incomes in their families, we are doing okay, but for those that don’t, it’s really impacted their lives.”
She noted that reopening came with its own positives and negatives. “It’s a relief being able to provide for our families, there’s excitement about seeing clients again, and, in general, getting back to what we know and trying to feel normal.”
She described the challenges as “Preparing for clients to enter our work areas. We are required to sanitize and disinfect our work areas daily and to wipe every surface down between clients, along with our regular sanitizing of the tools we use. We must allow extra time between appointments to prepare our work area for the next client. Also, wearing masks, taking temperatures and washing hands frequently to ensure our safety and that of our clients.”
Rejuvenate operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. The salon can be reached at 731-352-3342.