Dallas Salon Owner Faces 7-day Jail Term for Opening despite State Orders
A Dallas salon owner was sentenced to seven days in jail Tuesday after she continued offering services and refused to apologize for defying the state’s coronavirus measures.
Salon a la Mode owner Shelley Luther was asked to offer an apology for selfishness, pay a fine and shut down until Friday, or go to jail.
Luther reopened Thursday, even though the state insisted nonessential businesses to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the authorities, clients were seen inside the salon getting haircuts and manicures over the last seven days.
After she refused to show contrition, Luther was booked and sentenced for seven days, which symbolized the number of days she stayed open against the county regulations. She would also pay a fine of $7,000.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that hair salons, barbershops, nail, and tanning salons would be allowed to reopen May 8. Gyms would be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on May 18.
People were encouraged to wear face masks and practice social distancing once the businesses reopen.