Hair salons in Maharashtra set to reopen, guidelines laid out for barbers and customers

ST Staff
Saturday, 27 June 2020

Salon shops are set to reopen in Maharashtra from Sunday. The state government on Friday issued regulations on the same.

Pune: The state government on Thursday gave the permission to re-open salon and beauty parlours in the state after three months of lockdown amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Associations representing salon had recently urged that their establishments be allowed to resume operations, citing losses.

Barbershops, salons and beauty parlours will only be permitted to provide services such as haircuts, hair dyeing, waxing and threading. Any services related to the skin will not be allowed.  Meanwhile, the state government on Friday issued regulations about the same:

  • Limited entry with pre-bookings only.
  • Employees at the salon must wear gloves, aprons and masks.
  • Selected services such as haircut, dyeing hair, waxing allowed. Skin related services will not be allowed.
  • All chairs must be sanitised after each service.
  • The floor at the shops must be sanitised after every two hours.
  • Disposable napkins or towels must be used on customers.
  • Non-disposable gear should be sanitised after each service.
  • Each shop must hold notice on all the safeguards above for the info of customers.

Vijay Wadettiwar, State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister said that during the state cabinet meeting held recently, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray decided to allow the salons to reopen with obedience to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) about cleanliness.

He said, "The hair salons will reopen. However, the use of sanitisers and face-masks will be compulsory for the hairdresser and the customer. Also, cloth or towel used for one customer shall not be used for others.” According to reports, over 12 barbers have committed suicide in the last three months due to financial losses amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Mumbai city Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh also said that gyms in the state would be reopened soon. He said, "Talks were held with the owners of salons and gyms last week. The SOPs and guidelines would be framed in the next couple of days. The gyms and salons will be opened soon.”

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