A federal lawsuit filed by Golden Glow against the City of Columbus over its 2020 COVID-19 shutdown has been thrown out, but the salon has appealed.
Golden Glow tanning salon filed suit in the Northern District of Mississippi in May 2020. A city shutdown order forced it — among many other businesses — to close from 5 p.m. on March 21, 2020, until May 9, 2020, in an attempt to slow the initial spread of the virus.
The suit, filed by Tupelo-based attorney Jim Waide, argued that it was unfair for the salon to close while “churches, liquor stores and large retailers” remained open, and that the city unlawfully deprived the salon of income during the period it was closed.
Waide also argued that the tanning salon was unfairly singled out. A list of essential and nonessential businesses put out by Gov. Tate Reeves did not specify tanning salons as being in either category. The City of Columbus, however, did specify that they…