Willoughby gym, Mentor area salon make strong comebacks after COVID-19 shutdowns

Life became more complicated in many ways in Northeast Ohio when the novel coronavirus emerged as a public health crisis in March of 2020.

Among other things, it got tougher for people to keep their hair looking nice and their bodies in peak physical condition.

For about a two-month span in 2020, hair salons, barber shops and related businesses were ordered by the Ohio Department of Health to close because of health and safety risks posed by COVID-19. A similar directive by ODH also forced the closing of gyms, health clubs and similar sites.

More than two years have passed since ODH issued separate declaration giving these same categories of businesses the go-ahead to reopen.

The News-Herald recently interviewed the owners of a Willoughby gym and a Mentor area hair salon, to learn more about how they successfully recovered from prolonged shutdowns of their businesses during the early part of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Ohio Sports and Fitness owner Frank Desico said he vividly recalls what ran through his mind in the late evening of March 16, 2020.

Specifically, he remembered his thoughts as he pulled out of the parking lot of his gym, located on Biltmore Place in Willoughby. He was heading home for the night after hearing earlier in the evening that gyms and related businesses in Ohio were being ordered by the state to close until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Willoughby gym, Mentor area salon make strong comebacks after COVID-19 shutdowns

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