Texas Hair Salon Owner Receives Sentence After Being Arrested For Trying To Work

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Hair salon owner Shelley Luther of Dallas, Texas, has been sentenced to jail after she returned to work in violation of coronavirus-related restrictions.

Luther argued she needed to open her business to get money to feed her family, but a Texas judge has ruled in favor of law authorities.

The procession was held over Zoom, a teleconferencing application, where Judge Eric Moyé gave Luther the chance to avoid jail time.

Fox News reports: “Dallas business owner Shelley Luther was given a choice: She could offer an apology for selfishness, pay a fine and shutdown until Friday, or serve jail time.”

She did not apologize.

“I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish,” she told the judge. “I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they would rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision. But I am not going to shut the salon.”

According to the report, Luther was taken away by bailiffs and will be required to pay a $7,000 fine.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he would be reopening these facilities on Friday.

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From Fox News:

There will only be one customer per stylist and people can only wait inside if they maintain social distancing. Appointment scheduling is encouraged to avoid large crowds.

Everyone will be encouraged to wear masks, Abbott said.

“This allows these types of businesses to open up, but it doesn’t require them to do so,” he explained. “Every owner of every salon should use their own best judgment.”

There’s still no date set for bars to reopen in the state, but Abbott said his administration is working on a solution.

He added that the 25 percent capacity limits do not apply to outdoor seating at restaurants, but the social distancing rules of 6 feet do.