Many businesses are gearing up to reopen their doors, but there are still several that aren't allowed to open yet under the TX Governor's executive order. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week that the next phase of Texas' re-opening would begin this week. Included in his order were hair, nail, and tanning salons that could reopen as soon as this Friday. Unfortunately, some small businesses were not included:

  • Bars
  • Tattoo studios
  • Massage establishments
  • Piercing studios
  • Sexually oriented businesses
  • Interactive amusements venues

According to the governor's executive order:

“People shall avoid visiting bars, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, sexually oriented businesses, or interactive amusement venues such as bowling alleys, video arcades, amusement parks, water parks, or splash pads, unless these enumerated establishments or venues are specifically added as a reopened service by proclamation or future executive order of the governor.”

There was some confusion initially since some of those businesses were closed in March at the same time as barbers and beauty salons. This has caused anger in the tattoo community who see themselves more aligned with salons and doctors' offices due to their stringent health requirements. Since then, there has been a massive movement in the tattoo community to influence Governor Greg Abbott to re-open Texas tattoo shops and piercing parlors. To find out more on what Governor Abbott's executive order visit the Office of the Texas Governor's website. For more information on the necessary guidelines for businesses that will be opening and to see which businesses are now allowed to be open visit the Office of the Texas Governor's website.