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Was Flag’s closure of hair salons to stop coronavirus illegal?

By Adrian Skabelund | Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans’s decision to close additional business in Flagstaff on Thursday may end up landing the city in hot water.

The mayor’s proclamation, which closed hair salons, nail salons, beauty parlors and other similar establishments all in an effort to further slow the spread of the coronavirus, may have violated an executive order made by Governor Doug Ducey on Monday.

That executive order outlined what businesses were defined as essential throughout the crisis and thus would remain open, as well as requiring all local governments to follow the state’s lead.

Among the list of businesses deemed essential within the executive order were “personal hygiene services,” which many had taken to understand as business such as hair and nail salons. If so, Evans’s proclamation closing those may have been a violation of state law.

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