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Sarah Young reopened her salon in Creve Coeur this week, but customers at Sola Salon must come in one at a time and follow strict safety rules, including wearing a mask and having their temperature taken. Week of 5/22/20
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Sarah Young’s salon in Creve Coeur sat empty for almost two months. But this week, after stay-at-home orders were lifted, she reopened her booth at Sola Salon with back-to-back appointments.

Young is eager to see her regular customers again, but business is far from normal. 

Clients are required to follow new safety protocols. That includes sending a text upon arrival and waiting in the car until Young is done sanitizing. Only one client is allowed inside at a time, and they must wear a mask, have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands.

Sylvia Jackson, executive director of the Women's Safe House in St. Louis, said the shelter's crisis hotline received 44% more calls in March 2020 compared to the same month last year.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Domestic violence shelters in St. Louis are fielding more calls from women afraid for their safety, as the pandemic forces them to live in isolation with their abusers. 

With unemployment rates surging and schools shuttered for the rest of the school year, advocates say conditions are ripe for violence at home. But many local shelters have stopped accepting new residents during the pandemic, making it harder for women to leave abusive situations.