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Salons and spas close their doors, employees left with few options

Governor orders nonessential businesses to close
Posted at 9:07 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 10:47:53-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In tough times it’s usually the little luxuries we pass on, and small businesses like barbershops, salons and spas aren’t immune to having to now close up shop.

The lack of recent walk-ins are now leading to those in the industry to not be able to work across the Las Vegas valley.

RELATED: Gov. Sisolak orders all nonessential businesses in the state to shut down

“We were going to have to shut down,” says Angel Sutton, massage therapist.

Angel Sutton has been a massage therapist and aesthetician for over a decade, and her salon is now closed.

You might think she could do her work from home, however, it’s not allowed.

Sutton says she and others in the industry could face penalties for attempting to do so.

“State Board for Cosmetology doesn’t allow us to go into people’s homes without prior authorization,” says Sutton.

Also, they usually aren’t working at big enough shops to qualify for small business loans.

“We’re going to have a lot of our clients that we had before that we’re going to lose for a while,” says Sutton.