- Hairdressers are furious that they are being left out of the economy as sectors start to reopen
- Hair salons, tattoo and body piercing parlours will not be allowed to open due to health and safety concerns
- They have taken the government to court over the lockdown regulations keeping their doors shut
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Hairdressers across South Africa are furious that they will not be allowed to open under lockdown level 3.
They believe that their hygiene training has prepared them to operate with the correct health and safety protocols required for lockdown level 3.
If they do not open soon, they worry that they may have to shut their doors permanently.
Briefly.co.za learned that from Monday, most sectors of the economy will reopen, except for hairdressers, beauty services and tattoo and piercing parlours.
A group of hairdressers have approached the court to force the government to let them operate under level 3.
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"People don't realise, part of our industry training is hygiene. We are all trained in high levels of hygiene," said Lorinda Janse van Vuuren, who owns a salon which operates from Sierra Square Hotel in the north of Johannesburg.
Fin24 reported that Janse van Vuuren would be installing barriers to protect her clients and staff.
"There's talk we might only be able to open next year. That scares me. A lot of salons are closing at a phenomenal rate," she said. These salons employ a range of people including hair stylists and nail technicians.
What is concerning is that when a hairdresser is forced to shut their doors, their staff and their families will suffer and with their doors remaining shut, hair salons face a grim future.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has outlined the government's plan to slowly start reopening the sector.
During a media briefing on Saturday, the minister explained that parts of the industry will be allowed to open during Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown:
“Restaurants with liquor licences are allowed to sell alcohol only for takeout and delivery. In this area there’s been an outcry that they must be allowed for onsite consumption. We are in discussions with restaurants so that whatever solution is provided in this regard for sit-down doesn’t perpetuate the inequality and we are confident that in our next submission to the NCCC this will be considered.”
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