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Shutting of salons due to COVID-19

by Arun Shirishkar

Despite the salons strictly following the health and hygiene guidelines in the unlock phase, several parlours and salons are shutting down in metros along with tier III & IV cities.

By now it is history that the beauty & wellness industry is affected by COVID-19. However, it is also praiseworthy the way salon owners have taken special effort by following all the norms and guidelines like social distancing, health and hygiene, sanitization, wearing PPE kits, use of disposable tools, etc. 

Fall in clientele
Despite all these efforts they are still unable to develop confidence and trust amongst their clients that salons are safe. This has resulted in the client numbers to fall from 25-30 per day to 5-6 per day. As a result, there is a steep fall in revenue generation which in turn is pushing them towards huge debts and shutting the shop.

Aftermath of COVID-19
There are over 3 crore salons and beauty professionals in India, who had at least a minimum of 2000 plus clients who regularly availed their grooming beauty and services, respectively. But from March 2020, due to nationwide lockdown salons were shut and this resulted in a drastic fall in revenue and became difficult for them to make the ends meet. Hence, many of them have been forced to shut the shops as they could not afford rents, electricity bills and staff salaries. Many salons have vacated half the salon space to save the overheads as currently, people are visiting the salons only for a basic hair cut or colour and not for skin related services.  

Shutting down of salons
Bhupendra Panara, President of Ahmedabad Barbershop Owner’s Associated mentioned in one of his interview with a leading newspaper that, of around 12000 salons and barbershops in the city, at least 200 have either not opened after the lockdown or closed soon after the opening as they cannot bear the cost. 

In spite these hurdles, the industry has still not given up and instead has come together and fought for their rights with the government under the campaign of #SaveSalonIndia Campaign. We will soon see this industry bounce back to its original self with a bang. 

Source: The Times of India

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