A Dallas Salon Owner was sentenced to seven days in jail for criminal and civil contempt and a $7,000 fine today for defying Governor Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home rules.
In Tuesday afternoon’s hearing, Dallas Civil District Judge Eric Moyé found Salon À la Mode owner Shelley Luther continued to operate her hair salon in violation of the governor’s order and in violation of a citation, a cease-and-desist letter and a restraining order from the court.
Luther reopened her salon Thursday, even though the state has required nonessential businesses to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Abbott announced Tuesday that salons will be allowed to reopen Friday.
The judge heard testimony from a Dallas code inspector and a Dallas police officer who both testified they saw clients inside the salon getting haircuts and manicures over the last seven days despite Moyé’s rulings.
She and her business are each being fined $500 for every day – seven in all so far – that it was open in violation of the governor’s order. Judge Moye said the salon would continue to rack up a $500 fine for every day it remains open between now and Friday.