A sigh of relief for salon owners in the state as Maharashtra government has decided to allow barber shops, salons and beauty parlours to resume operations from June 28 in the State, under its Mission Begin Again Phase IV.
State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that during the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray agreed to allow the salons to reopen with adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) about hygiene and cleanliness.
“The hair salons will reopen. However, the use of sanitisers and face-masks will be mandatory for the hairdresser and the customer. Similarly, the cloth or towel used for one customer shall not be used for others,” he said.
The salon operators had demanded that they be allowed to do their business or else the government provides them a financial package, the minister said in his video message. As many as 12 barbers have committed suicide in the last three months due to financial losses suffered due to the lockdown, Wadettiwar added.