Pakistan Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (PHBA) during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Monday has requested the government to let them reopen the salons for some time.
The salon business sees a boom during the Ramadan/Eid season. However, this time due to the lockdown the beauty salons have been completely shut from the last 2 months. Like other businesses, Ramadan is a busy month for hairdressers and beauty salons. They stay open until late on the night before Eidul Fitr to give customers a makeover before the festival. Hence closure of the salons has seen a massive loss to the business.
Protest by salon owners in Karachi
Now, the salon owners in Karachi has requested the Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah to allow them to open their salons.
At the conference, PHBA leaders Nadia Hussain, Musarrat Misbah, and Nabila, among others, claimed that they had submitted requests to reopen their businesses to CM Sindh and Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani. But, they received no response from either of them.
They further maintained that as many as 50,000 workers affiliated with the field had been affected by the lockdown in Karachi alone.
“The whole city has reopened but the salons are closed, which is completely unfair,” insisted Nabila. Adding that though the PHBA did not want anyone to get infected by COVID-19, only those who failed to follow the SOPs should be restricted from operating.
They appealed to the government to let them operate for the month of Ramadan at least.
Recently, Nabila announced on her Instagram that she is about to reopen soon. Further, she added that her salon staff will adhere to strict precautionary measures including PPE while working. She faced severe backlash for using PPE in salons when there is a shortage of kits.
Ease in lockdown
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government is gradually easing the lockdown in order to deal with the economic crisis. Also, keeping in view the problems facing the people.
People these days are in dire need to get themselves pampered. They have been stuck at home with no such facility available at home. Beauty salons are among the most affected businesses these days as they cannot provide services by adopting social distancing.
Physical contact with the customers is unavoidable in the different services the salon provides. Let’s see with the government come up with any solution to this problem or people have to spend their Eid with the shabby look.
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