It has been a year full of fear and trouble for many small-scale businesses in the city as they had to face hard times due to lockdown-like restrictions in the second COVID wave. Saloon, Spas were among those businesses which suffered a huge loss due to lockdown restrictions forcing them to shut their doors for the people.
Despite of numerous appeals, protest, Nagpur Municipal Corporation in their latest guidelines decided that essential and non essential shops will be functional in city from 7 Am to 2 Pm while Saloons, Spas, Gym, Beauty Parlors, Coaching Classes, Swimming pool, Garden, Theaters all will remain closed till June 15.
The decision created fumes among these owners as many saloons were opened for business on June 2 after months against the orders.
Mama Raut former President Maharashtra Navik Samajh (Barber organization) informed that a joint meeting was held among all the representative of different organizations of barber community and it was jointly decided that shops will be opened and business will be resumed despite NMCâ€™s order.
Raut informed that a protest was held in Butibori by Barber organization on May 28 demanding for some relaxation and allowing reopening the shops after which administration said that necessary steps will be taken for the community but all the promises were in vain as a decision for saloons to remain closed was passed.
During the lockdown we had to suffer loss in the business. NMC has given permission to standalone shops but they have not given permission to Saloons, Spas, and Beauty Parlors. NMC has also decided that all non-essential shops will remain closed on weekends but the peak time of business is these weekends only and if we are forced to close the shops on weekends then how are we going to survive in the pandemic the organization sought the answer from the officials. Today many saloon shops were opened against the permission till 2 pm. Maharashtra Navhik Mahamandal Vice-president Bandu Raut, Navhik Ekta Manch President Dhanraj Walukar, Shyam Asarkar, Satish Talwarkar and other were present in a meeting.