As Reopen Dates Near, Businesses Prepare

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- As Colorado’s Safer at Home Order is well underway, businesses in the Grand Valley prepare for a restricted reopening at the end of this week.

“It’s been a little over a month,” said Technique Salon owner Glory Ugalde. “Right after the end of February, we closed down with everybody else.”

Technique salon in Downtown Grand Junction will be reopening its doors on Friday. May 1st is the day one-on-one services like hair salons can resume in Colorado. Ugalde and her team are spending this week cleaning, and preparing for their appointments under precaution.

“Some of those precautions are: sanitizing before they come in, sanitizing when they come in. Wearing a mask, social distancing, and keeping everybody separate,” Ugalde said. “If we get a little too close, we have enough square footage to use a styling room downstairs.”

At Out West Books down Main Street, the owner says she’s having success so far with curbside pickup and delivery of books, but is eager to welcome limited numbers of customers in at the end of the week.

“The employees will all be wearing masks, we’ll be wiping everything down frequently,” said owner Marya Johnston. “And we would expect our customers to also wear masks for our health.”

Johnston says normally this time of year sales are largely driven by tourists coming to the Grand Valley. But, she says locals have shown up to help keep her business going during this time.

“We’ve had people go out of their way to support us during this time and mention they’re not shopping at Amazon on purpose, and they want to support downtown businesses.”

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