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Nail salons opening date delayed due to coronavirus, COVID-19

The owner of 'Get Nailed Beauty Lounge' in Portland said she is frustrated she can't open June 1.

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Nancy Nguyen said she was ready to reopen her nail salon Get Nailed Beauty Lounge in Portland on June 1.

"I bought a lot of hand sanitizer. I bought a lot of barricades and basically sprays," said Nguyen.

But earlier this week, Governor Janet Mills' administration delayed the reopening of nail salons in the state, with no new date in sight.

"This comes after the state of California identified the establishments as a source of COVID-19 community transmission," said DECD Commissioner Heather Johnson.

Nguyen said while safety is her number one priority, she thinks she should be able to reopen.

"Comparing us to California, we don't even know if that salon was following the guidelines and we are doing everything we can," said Nguyen.

She said when she does open she will be following strict guidelines.

"When you come into the salon you have to go wash your hands. Before you sit down, you have to sanitize your hands again and we will sanitize our hands as well. We'll both have masks on," said Nguyen.

For now, she is taking it day by day, until she gets the green light to get back to work.

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