Jamshedpur, June 3: Hit by lockdown the hairdressers and beauticians have demanded that salons should be reopened under standard operating procedures (SOPs) to control the spread of Covid-19. A delegation of parlour owners and beauticians met deputy commissioner and handed a memorandum.
They said that thousands of workers associated with the field had been affected by the lockdown in Jamshedpur alone, while the number rose into the millions across the State.
“The whole city has reopened but the salons are closed, which is completely unfair. We demand that the administration must allow us to operate. We will follow the norms of social distancing too,” insisted Dilip Choudhary. He appealed that the beauty salons and hairdressers should at least be allowed to function as several other states have allowed them to function.
Meanwhile, another salon operator pointed out that salons across the city had been closed for two and half months and workers associated with the profession were facing extreme inconvenience as they were not being paid. “Many of these workers belong to less privileged and are the bread-earners of their families,” she added.
Another operator said that Tamil Nadu has allowed beauty parlours and salons to reopen across the state. Similarly Jharkhand government can ensure everyone wears masks, social distancing is maintained and premises are disinfected at least five times a day. No worker or customer who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should be allowed inside. Also, no resident living in containment zones will be allowed to work in the salons.