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Mumbai: As part of the Maharashtra government’s ‘Mission Begin Again Phase IV’, barbershops, salons and beauty parlours in Mumbai rolled up the shutters from Sunday. The barbershops, beauty parlours and salons were closed for almost three months due to coronavirus pandemic.
The shops falling under the COVID-19 containment zones did not open.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reportedly gave his go-ahead to the reopening of barbershops and salons with some standard operating procedures (SOPs) on hygiene and cleanliness.
As per the government notification, people having prior appointments only can avail services in any barbershop, beauty parlour or salon. Also, only select services, such as haircut, threading, dyeing hair etc are permitted.
There is no permission to offer skin-related services for the time being. This should be clearly displayed in the shops.
Not only this, SOPs on hygiene and cleanliness must be followed and employees must wear protective gear, including aprons, gloves, and masks.
The shop will have to ensure the sanitisation of all workstations after every service. Besides that, all common areas and floors must be sanitised after every two hours.
All set to welcome the customers after a long hiatus, Shahid Hussain, a salon owner, said: “We will record customers’ temperatures and provide them with hand sanitizer when they enter our shop. We will use a new towel and haircut seat for each customer.”
He added that use-and-throw products will be used. No customer will be attended without a prior appointment. “We will only use four to five staff at the maximum,” he said. Hairstylists will wear mask and gloves, and try to maintain distance.