Massachusetts salons and barbershops are now allowed to reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with a strict list of safety precautions each shop has to follow.

For Mario Russo, owner of Salon Mario Russo in the Seaport District and on Newbury Street, it’s a welcome development. He told Emily Rooney on WGBH News’ Greater Boston Thursday that he and his employees had been planning for whatever new changes might be needed since the time non-essential businesses were ordered closed due to coronavirus.

“We started thinking about how and when we would open, how it would feel, how it would look, and how we would keep ourselves safe and keep our clients safe,” he said.

The required precautions for barbershops and salons include staggered staffing, keeping at least six feet between customers, disinfecting between every appointment, and masks for all staff and customers.

And while Russo obviously can’t stand six feet from a client, he said he feels safe due to other precautions in place.

“I am standing behind the client, most of the time,” he said. “I am wearing a mask, the client’s wearing a masks. … We do take temperature before [the client] can come in the building.”