After being closed for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, barbershops and hair salons will open on Monday.

Also opening are the state’s two casinos, Beardsley zoo in Bridgeport and some municipal offices.

Hair salons and barbershops were originally set to open on May 20, but Gov. Ned Lamont delayed the opening to June 1.

Lamont said he wanted to give the close-contact industry some breathing room during the initial days of Connecticut’s reopening of non-essential businesses.

Lamont said the delay was also part of a regional coordination with Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Hair salons and barbershops will have to follow strict guidelines including:

Chairs must be six feet apart, provide a clean smock for each customer as they come in, disinfect hair tools between each client, services by appointment only and customers must wear face masks or face coverings the whole time.

The Beardsley Zoo has are implemented a new online ticketing system to welcome everyone back safely and efficiently. It will be splitting the day into two sessions allowing for up to 500 guests per session. The zoo will open at 9 a.m. and will close at noon for cleaning. It will then re-open at 1 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.

It will have a one-way loop around the zoo so guests can explore while social distancing. All buildings will be closed to the public; however, guests will be able to pre-order food online from the café and pick it up from our take-out window. Also, the gift shop will be open for online purchases which will be made available for pick up at gift shop kiosk.

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Phase 2 of the reopening is June 20 when other personal services, such as nail salons and tattoo shops open their doors.

If health metrics are met, hotels, motels and movie theaters will also reopen on June 20.