hairdressers and beauty salons operating during lockdown

A clear message on what is forbidden by the Covid 19 regulations needs to be published, and reinforced. Some salon owners do not understand that it is not up to them to decide to open during lockdown and think that they don't have to follow the rules. A local salon planned to open this week. If premises do not have a shop window they can operate hidden from view. Hairdressers can provide services in client's homes, assuming that it is okay to do so as long as they are not detected. The government needs to explain the complicated risk assessments required in allowing salons to reopen, in order to get the message across that this is a life /death situation. Give full details of all that is required for operating safely. The threat of heavier penalties might make them stop and think.

Why the contribution is important

Many hairdressers and customers are willing to flout the regulations. We should not underestimate the importance of hair and beauty in the lives of the public. It forms a very important part in self-image and in social exchanges. If deprived of such rituals it can have a detrimental effect upon mental health. The temptation to ignore the regulations is strong. Some people think that they can do what they want as long as the police do not see them. Many people do not see the daily briefings or hear the news but get information from social media which is often wrong or misinterpreted, but they believe it. It has taken seven weeks of lockdown to reach this stage. This success is fragile. Opening hairdressing salons could open the floodgates to another surge in cases. The public must be educated in the risks.

by snail on May 10, 2020 at 10:03PM

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