Tamil Nadu allows barbershops to reopen in rural areas amid lockdown 4.0
The state government of Tamil Nadu cleared the decks for barbershops to reopen but only in the rural areas amid lockdown 4.0. However, the salons will have to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines, barbers will have to wear masks and maintain hygiene at all times, the chief minister said in a statement.
Guidelines for safety
Guidelines have also been issued to ensure social distancing and hygiene are maintained in the salons. Barbers must wear masks and hand gloves. There has to be strict adherence to social distancing. Salon owners must ensure frequent hand washes and a 5-time disinfection. The statement did not mention anything for beauty parlours, due to this women will have to wait longer to avail services.
Insights from the Chief Minister
“After considering demands from barbers, I’ve given orders for reopening salons from 19 May in areas other than Greater Chennai Police limits, other Corporations, Municipalities and Town Panchayats,” Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said in a statement.
Unsatisfied salon owners
However, the announcement hasn’t brought much cheer to the salon chains in the state as well whose owners have paid large sums of money towards salaries of their employees over the last two months. The nationwide coronavirus lockdown has been extended a third time till May 31. PM Modi had announced the lockdown in March to curb the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.
Tamil Nadu has reported over 11,200 coronavirus cases so far with at least 81 deaths as the country crossed the 1 lakh-mark on Monday.