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Salons, restaurants, bars open as Park County and Montana lift more closures

By 
Nate Howard — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, May 4, 2020
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足球滚球比分Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

Ruth DeMasi-Townsend, 7, is all smiles while Audrey Gagnon finishes Ruth’s haircut Monday morning at the Meraki Beauty Bar and the Brewhouse Barbershop on South Main.

足球滚球比分Main Street is returning to life. 

足球滚球比分Among those celebrating the reopening of local businesses is Ruth DeMasi-Townsend, 7, who wore a grin all the while she was in the salon chair. 

Ruth and her mother, Robyn DeMasi, had been waiting for many weeks for her haircut.

足球滚球比分Ruth is all smiles as Audrey Gagnon cuts and styles her hair at the Meraki Beauty Bar and the Brewhouse Barbershop on South Main Street in Livingston. 

“We’ve been cooped up at home for too long, and we’re excited to get back to supporting local businesses,” DeMasi said. 

足球滚球比分While the sun shined brightly on this warm spring day, after the salon outing it’s back to homeschooling for the mother and daughter. 

Gagnon said this is her first day back to work at the salon, which reopened on April 27 as part of Gov. Steve Bullock’s phase one plan for reopening the state as it deals with the coronavirus.

Gagnon is trying to balance day care for her kids along with her appointments. Her usual day care provider has not opened. 

Further bringing people back to work is the opening of restaurants, bars, brewpubs and casinos, which began in Montana today, with limits on crowds and servers donning masks and gloves, as the state lifts more closures imposed to fight the coronavirus.

足球滚球比分Not all restaurants across the state were reopening immediately, and some industry workers have expressed concern that interacting with customers could put them at risk. 

But with confirmed virus infections down sharply since peaking in late March, Montana officials have moved methodically in recent days to reopen sectors of the state’s economy even as other states extended closure orders.

足球滚球比分At McCormick Cafe in Billings, closed since mid-March, the first day back started slowly with just a few customers. 

Manager Charli Perry said she’s hoping word will get out that the restaurant is doing what it takes to protect customers and employees during the pandemic.

Perry says she brought back seven of her eight employees, the exception being a pregnant woman who she did not want the risk.

In Helena, Brewhouse Pub & Grille manager Jackie Hudoba was preparing to open for the first time since March 16. They’ve moved half their tables out, will be sanitizing tables and chairs between customers, and employees will be wearing masks, she said.

The Brewhouse will have a limited menu, in part because they’ve been unable to get some groceries from their suppliers, Hudoba said.

足球滚球比分Montana’s rate of COVID-19 infections has steadily declined since a peak of 35 cases on March 26. The state has reported two or fewer cases per day since April 26.

足球滚球比分Churches and retail shops opened last week and a stay-at-home order was lifted except for vulnerable populations including the elderly. Schools can reopen May 7 under the latest directive from Gov. Steve Bullock, but many districts already have cancelled in-person classes through the end of the year.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The vast majority of people recover.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.