Norman salons could reopen as soon as Tuesday after a Cleveland County Judge sided with beauticians in a lawsuit against the city’s reopening restrictions.
Mayor Breea Clark took to Facebook Monday and said her legal team is exploring options. News 9 has reached out to the mayor but we’ve yet to hear back.
The attorneys who represent the salons involved in the lawsuit, Le Visage, Lion Salon, and Polished Beauty said their clients didn’t want this lawsuit to turn into anything political. They said their clients just believed Mayor Clark’s city restrictions were violating their rights and would cost them business.
The salon owners said if their businesses stayed closed their clients would travel to other cities that were reopened.
On Monday, Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman, sided with the salon owners and issued an injunction to allow them to reopen.
Less than a week ago, Norman released a plan to reopen the city following CDC guidelines. The last phase would be completed on July 12th.
“Since our city isn’t an island and I can’t keep residents from leaving,” said Mayor Breea Clark. “Keeping our businesses closed at this time does nothing. But if we are reopening we must do it safely.”
The attorneys released a statement from their clients that said “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 policies for all citizenry of Norman.”
The salon’s attorneys said their clients have enough protective equipment outlined by OSHA and the Oklahoma Cosmetology Board to open up shop