Barber Shops and Salons Still Closed as Legal Battles Continue

While most stay-at-home orders have been rescinded, and restaurants and pools are allowed to open next week, barbers and hair salons are still shuttered. When asked about opening hair salons and the fact that people are leaving the state to get haircuts, Governor Whitmer defended her decision by explaining that it is “too risky” to open salons.

Whitmer said she is hoping to open hair salons back up before the July 4th holiday. She also suggested Googling how to give yourself a haircut or wearing a ponytail.

After getting his professional license suspended last month and garnering national attention for his defiance of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, Owosso barber Karl Manke has filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court. Manke’s attorneys argue that the Michigan Court of Appeals ruling was entered in violation of state Supreme Court Rules, as one of the judges dissented from the decision.

As the political drama plays out and citizen’s hair roots grow out, the U.S. Department of Justice has made an inquiry into allegations of unlawful use of Executive Orders, backing a lawsuit filed by several Michigan businesses who contest the forced disruption of commerce. Whitmer defended her actions saying they are based on data and that the inquiry seeks to undermine the health and safety of Michigan residents.

Reporting for WGRT- Jennie McClelland