TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Area beauty industry businesses say there are a few big ways you can help them stay afloat during temporary closures due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Hillsborough and Pinellas counties issued "safer at home" orders this week that ask non-essential businesses like hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, barbershops and other beauty industry businesses to close their doors temporarily.
Ryann Halo, owner of Salon Halo with locations in both Tampa and Spring Hill, tells us via FaceTime she's working to keep her employees feeling positive.
"I want to keep everybody's spirits up and keep everyone supported," Halo said.
But even before the temporary closures now in place, appoints were getting canceled.
"We're just trying to take things day by day," she said.
In the meantime, Halo said to support those who provide our hair cuts, nail services and other beauty services, try to pay for your canceled appointments now if you can.
You can also purchase a gift certificate so those workers have some cash coming in.
"Some people use their tip money to buy their family food that day," Halo said.
She also said don't just cancel your appointment, but try and reschedule.
"This will help give the individual some sense of future job security," Halo said. "It will help us know who to reach out to when we come out of this on the other side."