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Today: Non-essential businesses to open in Baltimore County

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 07:04:01-04

PARKVILLE, Md. — The halls have remained darkened for months.

The tanning beds lying dormant in wait, but now, Elle Grose and her staff at Today’s Image Tanning in Parkville see a brighter tomorrow when they can finally reopen.

“A long to-do list, but we’ve been working all along getting things back in order---a new paint job, new bulbs, new everything---it just looks fresh,” said Grose. “We are so excited. We cannot wait to see everyone. We miss all of our customers. It’s going to be great.”

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski appeared frustrated that the state gave him no advanced notice of the phase two re-openings, but he will follow its lead as the coronavirus positivity testing rate has fallen below eight percent in the county.

“We’re doing that because we know that the patchwork approach here in the state has caused some problems for our residents,” said Olszewski. “It’s created confusion for people who live across this county and state. We know a patchwork approach has put businesses on an uneven playing field.”

Tanning and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlors will open at half capacity Friday with new safety measures in place.

“We’re going by appointments only,” said Grose. “If you do come and you don’t have an appointment, we ask you to call from your car, and we will get you in, but we need to be safe. Keep everyone safe---the customers, the employees so we don’t have a waiting area up front anymore.”

But they’ll be open again, making money and trying to recapture their busiest season of the year while their doors remained closed.

“We’ve had a great response already,” said Grose. “Our appointment book is getting full so we’re excited.”