Temporary Injunction Allows Salons To Open In Norman

Monday, May 4th 2020, 5:29 pm
By: Bonnie Campo, News9.com

Salons in Norman will reopen thanks to a preliminary injunction granted in Cleveland County.

Judge Thad Balkman granted an injunction which halts Norman Mayor Breea Clark's order.

Salon owners are allowed to resume business immediately as long as they adhere to Gov. Kevin Stitt's order that went into effect on April 24.

Salon owners filed a lawsuit on April 30 after Norman did not include salons in businesses allowed to reopen.

Related: Norman Salon Owners Sue Mayor Over Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions

The attorney representing the Norman businesses said his clients are just happy to get back to work. They didn’t want things to turn political, but didn’t want to lose their businesses either.

In a statement issued following the court's decision, attorney Sam Talley with Turner and Bertman Lawfirm said:

“It’s not about politics. It’s not about policy to our clients. It’s about the law, and their constitutionally right. The decision that was made today was a legal decision. Our clients and their attorneys are not qualified to give political opinions or decisions or make policy.”

Attorneys for the salon stated their clients have sufficient protection from the virus as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Oklahoma State Cosmetology Board.

“We are hopeful that the mayor and the city government will look at this legal decision and work with personal care businesses to work on the best policy for all citizenry of Norman,” said Talley.

News 9 reached out to Mayor Clark, those messages were not returned.

However, Clark said on Facebook that they will be exploring an appeal.