Tattoo shop taking extra precautions for plans to reopen


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The manager of a Roanoke tattoo parlor is taking precautions for when his shop reopens on Friday.

Robert Perry is the Shop Manager at Skin Thrills Tattoos. He says they’ve been out of work for a while and are looking forward to reopening.

“The coronavirus has hit a lot of us. We haven’t been able to work,” said Perry.

“This virus is gonna go on for a long time that I feel. I think we’re going to have to start off slow, take extra precautions than what we were doing before and just do the best that we can.”

When they start seeing clients on Friday, they are going to have strict guidelines in place.

“We’re going to do everything we can. We’re going to take it slow. We’re not in a hurry. We don’t want to get people packed into the studio.”

It will be by appointment only, with no walk-in traffic. Clients will call when they get there to be checked in, screened, and have their temperatures taken. If they have a temperature above 100.4 degrees, they won’t be allowed in for two weeks. They must also wear a mask, but if they don’t have one, one will be provided. They also can’t bring anyone in with them.

“If you want to bring a friend, and I posted this on Facebook also, they are more than welcome to sit outside. Hangout outside. Do what you want. But for right now, we’re keeping it limited.”

The tattoo and piercing artist will take extra time between clients to sterilize their stations before the next person.

“We’re working with blood. We have to be careful. You get into somebody’s face, that’s the main thing, and mainly for us, it’s to keep our clients safe. And to keep us safe.”

Perry even went so far as to get a special certificate for coronavirus safety.

“That is important for us as an education. And for our clients and their safety. You can’t go too far in education.”

Perry says they’ll close the studio for an hour twice a day to sterilize the floors. They will sterilize bathrooms four times a day, and the door handles every time someone touches them.

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