People pack Oceanfront and salons as businesses reopen

Posted at 11:07 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 23:42:24-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Friday was reopening day for some nonessential businesses, and the Oceanfront was packed.

“It feels great,” said William Suarez of Virginia Beach. “To be honest, it feels great.”

Emily West agreed.

“It’s very exciting,” said the Virginia Beach resident. “I think it’s finally time everyone gets out and enjoys themselves and we can finally have some fun.”

The Shack on Atlantic Avenue now has a new look to comply with the governor’s first phase of easing restrictions to combat the COVID crisis.

The outdoor games have been replaced with tables for outdoor seating at half its capacity.

“I think it’s a little overboard, but if it makes other people feel comfortable, then it is what it is,” West said.

Patrons at The Shack are not allowed to gather at the bar for drinks. Tables are spaced six feet apart, and once you’re seated you’re asked to stay seated.

“I feel safe,” said Suarez. “The guidelines are cool. From what I’ve seen everyone is following them.”

At Edward Johnson Salon in Norfolk, owners are taking extra precautions from a temperature check outside to a deep cleaning after each client inside.

“Everything is wiped down; everything is sprayed down; everything is cleaned,” said Glenn Hawker, salon owner. ”All the tools are sterilized.”

Amy Birdsong of Suffolk said she feels safe.

“I absolutely feel safe,” she said. “I know they’re doing everything above and beyond. It’s not really about me being safe. I feel like they need to do this for them to be safe.”

Many people, including Elizabeth Condon of Norfolk, have been waiting for a cut and color for weeks.

“It’s been a long time,” said Condon. “I have a toddler at home, so it’s hard to get away at all. Today is going to be really nice.”

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