Lisa Gill, the assistant manager of Downtown Book & Toy, stands behind a protective screen set up in front of the cash register on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Downtown Book & Toy in Jefferson City. All of Downtown Book & Toy's Missouri locations are reopening on May 4 but their store in Quincy, Illinois is not because Illinois is still under a stay-at-home order.
Brendan McGregor peruses the shelves on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Downtown Book & Toy in Jefferson City. CC McClure, the manager of Downtown Book & Toy, said they are lucky to have loyal customers who have refrained from buying books online because they want to support local businesses.
Kevin Lepski adds toppings to his frozen yogurt on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Yoyums in Jefferson City. "You don't realize how much you appreciate something until it's gone," Lepski said of being able to eat frozen yogurt in a shop again.
Members of Knowles YMCA's Aquatics program set up at the entrance of of Stadium Drive to let patrons know that the facility reopened Monday for limited use. For the current time, the pool is open for lap swimming only. Pictured from left to right are, Larissa Sears, Noah Casey, Elijah Champman and Natalie Gladbach. All are either a lifeguard or swim instructor or both. Each YMCA facility offers different programming and availabilties so it is recommended that a patron check http://www.jcymca.org for details.
Kevin Lepski pulls a lever to serve himself frozen yogurt on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Yoyums in Jefferson City. Lepski was YoYum's first customer in seven weeks.
"Today's Special: Inside Seating, 6 feet apart!" is written on the menu to celebrate their dining room being reopened on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Sweet Smoke BBQ in Jefferson City. The floor leading up to the order counter is still marked with yellow tape to show where people should stand in line and the restaurant is providing new cups when people refill their drinks.
Reflections of waiting customers can be seen in the window as Chris Carwile answers one of numerous phone calls received Monday at Southside Barber Shop. Carwile, who owns the business at 114 E. Dunklin, and co-workers prepared for the onslaught of long-locked customers by wearing a mask, providing one-time use capes and sanitizing the chair and instruments after each hair cut. In addition, only six customers were allowed in at a time, one in each chair and a couple in waiting.
Southside Barber Shop owner Chris Carwile is seen shaving the head of Stuart Mahan, who had just gotten off work at Capital Region Medical Center and headed straight to the barber. A line formed outside before 8 a.m. and continued for hours as the business reopened after nearly six weeks. Safety was a concern so barbers wore masks, as did some customers. The number of long-haired customers were limited to about one-half dozen at a time - four in barber chairs and a couple waiting. Chairs and instruments were sanitized after each customer, who each was supplied with a one-time use cape.
Samuel Frisbie, seated in background, watches with a smile as longtime barber Bob Kasmann makes sure that Dan Smith's flat top haircut is just that, flat. Kasmann, who's been a barber 55 years, works at Southside Barber Shop and knew that reopening after nearly six weeks of a mandatory closure would result in a large crowd anxious for haircuts and shaves. The staff prepared by having disposable capes for customers, wearing masks, having sanitizer on hand to clean after each customer and limiting the number of customers in the shop at one time.
From left, Michelle Caban, Colleen Foster and Jeff Falter chat about how their friends and co-workers will cope with the state reopening on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Sweet Smoke BBQ in Jefferson City. Three tables at Sweet Smoke BBQ were occupied during the lunch hour in addition to a few people ordering carryout.
Jeff Dawdy and Susan Neill Dawdy share a salad while Ryan Scott orders on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Yanis Coffee Zone in Jefferson City. Susan said she walked past the Coffee Zone earlier in the day and saw quite a few people, which made her want to eat there for lunch. "We're ready, rock n roll," Jeff said of businesses reopening.