Business owners in Huntsville prepare to reopen

Small businesses across North Alabama are preparing to reopen on May 1. As of now, Gov. Kay Ivey has not extended the stay-at-home order.

Posted: Apr 26, 2020 3:29 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2020 8:18 AM

Small businesses across North Alabama are preparing to reopen on May 1. As of now, Gov. Kay Ivey has not extended the stay-at-home order.

The store owner of May May's told WAAY 31 the store has barely had any income over the last few weeks even with curbside pickup. The owner says she's taking every precaution so people feel safe when her shop reopens.

"Small businesses are the heartbeat of the city, and we are all also all on life support right now," said the owner of May May's, Megan Powe.

Business owners in North Alabama say they are struggling to make ends meet right now.

"We have gone from being so very busy all the time, like every day of the week, we've been open, we've been busy, not just Fridays and Saturdays, to having zero revenue," said the owner of Cabana Wax, Alison Dennis.

Powe is eager to open up her store again, but she knows there are several changes that need to be made in order to do it safely.

"We plan on cleaning and following all federal guidelines," said Powe.

Powe says there are typically only about three people in her shop at one time. Even then, she'll be passing out hand sanitizer to her shoppers and disinfecting surfaces.

"Doors, bathrooms, keypads," said Powe.

Powe isn't the only one taking precautions.

"They will be sanitizing the door handles and of course, like always, our stuff is one-time use and it's disposable. We will be cleaning the treatment tables with medical-grade cavicide," said Dennis.

Dennis says she will be screening people before they enter the building.

"You cannot come if you have any symptoms of COVID, if anyone in your household does, if you've been in an airport in the past 14 days or if you've been on a plane in the past 14 days," said Dennis.

Both store owners are hoping on May 1, their businesses are back open.

"I don't know if we would make it past June 1st with no revenue," said Dennis.

Both store owners tell WAAY 31 their employees will be wearing masks during store hours.

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