Hairdressers facing losses, approach TN govt
With the State authorities ordering shutting down of salons as a part of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Tamil Nadu Hairdressers Union has approached the federal government requesting them to reopen salons as a lot of them are facing losses. Alternatively they sought financial support from the federal government.
As a part of the lockdown to manage the unfold of COVID-19 second wave, the state authorities imposed new restrictions that got here into impact from April 26. As a part of this, salons and barber outlets have been requested to close down. Subsequently many hairdressers have began providing residence providers.
“I pay ₹800 per day for each employee in my shop and I have to continue paying even if the shop is closed. So I decided to offer home service to meet my expenses. But people are frightened to avail the service,” mentioned P. Anand, proprietor of a salon in Anna Nagar.
Many hairdressers throughout town mentioned that they take ample precautions even whereas visiting a buyer’s home. “We check our temperature and wear a face shield and mask before entering their house. But due to fear of getting infected many are not calling us,” mentioned a hairdresser from Chromepet.
Though the large salons are closed, the street facet barbers are nonetheless open. For 49-year-old Moorthy, the pandemic has snatched his earnings. “I have been running this roadside open salon near Koyambedu market for the past seven years. I used to earn ₹600 to ₹700 per day and my customers were mainly traders and lorry drivers. Now it has plummeted to ₹200 per day. I hardly get to save any money,” he mentioned.
M.Munusamy, president, Tamil Nadu Hairdressers Union, mentioned that the organisation has submitted a petition to the state authorities, requesting to permit functioning of the salons. “Most of us have to pay rents and wages. It is hard to make ends meet. The government should at least provide a relief of ₹15,000 per month to registered hairdressers,” he mentioned.