The Ministry of Health issued the safety guidelines for hair salons and barbershops as they are expected to be open from 21 of May.
Hairdressers are reopening as part of the second phase of the decision to ease restrictive measures. The ministry announced instructions to owners, staff, and customers to avoid spreading of the coronavirus when salons reopen.
Hairdressers and barbershops can only have one person per eight square meters and must ensure staff uses masks and gloves.
According to the ministry’s announcement, the temperature of all staff and clients need to check, and anyone who shows symptoms of respiratory infection will not be allowed entry but will be instructed to contact the 1420 helpline.
For larger businesses, staff should be divided into two or more groups to avoid overcrowding.
No magazines, newspapers, or written information will be available for public use.
Payments recommended to be contactless and paying with cash should be avoided.
Towels should be single-use or removed and washed in high temperatures above 90 degrees after each customer.
Disposable cups must be used if customers have a beverage.
Salons must provide antiseptic containing at least 70 percent alcohol, which must be easily visible.
The windows and doors of the salon must remain open, and space should be aired frequently.
The announcement revealed regular cleaning of surfaces with soap or antiseptic using disposable gloves and coveralls.
Surfaces, including the seat and tools used, should be disinfected after every client. Waste should dispose of in double trash bags.
For more information on how to clean surfaces visit the ministry’s site at https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/info.html
Business owners must provide employees with disposable protective gear to changed between clients.
The ministry instructed employees to avoid touching their faces, cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough, and frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.
The use of a face mask is necessary for employees but not for customers. The ministry provided detailed instructions on the proper use of face masks and gloves.
The instructions include all members of staff, such as stylists, cleaners, managers, or receptionists.