Mayor Eileen Weir announced today that all body care services in the City of Independence will be prohibited as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. This includes hair salons, nail salons, barbers, tattoo and piercing services, and massage providers. Retail sales at these locations are permitted. Healthcare services such as physical therapy are not impacted.
“As we see this virus continue to spread across the country, it is important that we further limit person-to-person contact while enforcing social distancing,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “This is not a decision we take lightly. We know there are economic repercussions in our area for these decision and we are working with the Chamber of Commerce to plan for recovery appropriately. These types of services are more likely to transmit illness due to the unavoidable close person-to-person contact.”
Like the City’s enforcement of the closure of bars and restaurants, this prohibition will be strictly enforced until at least March 31 but will be evaluated on an ongoing basis as this crisis evolves.
“We would also like to thank our bars and restaurants for their voluntary compliance during this challenging time,” Mayor Weir said. “Our community efforts are making an impact to protect our neighbors and visitors.”
For the latest updates on changes to services, closing and cancellations in the City of Independence, please visit indep.us/coronavirus. All citizens are also encouraged to follow the City on Facebook at facebook.com/CityofIndependence, Twitter @CItyofIndepMo, and Nextdoor for updates on this changing situation.