Beauty service prices certain to rise; industry says new rules are unfair

The government's decision to allow hairdressers and manicure/pedicure specialists to work was taken by the industry with mixed feelings. The price of the service is likely to rise, and queues are already forming, Latvian Television reported February 19.

Right after the announcement that hairdressers and manicurists/pedicurists will be able to resume work, salons' phones have been ringing nonstop.

“I'm very happy, it's the light at the end of the tunnel! At least we know the date on which we can start working. It's good that we have time to prepare.  Because we don't even know whether we will meet all requirements.  We need  to plan the customer flow and decide who will come to work, who will remain on downtime, " said owner of salon RigaTopHair, barber Andris Kačanovskis.

Customers have to expect the price of the service to rise. And it is clear that all the specialists will not be able to resume work at the same time, because there will be a variety of requirements to be met.

This will affect both waiting time and price. Both will certainly increase.

"Not everyone will be able to work. Some will remain on downtime. Customer traffic will decrease. And certainly it will make the price more expensive. We'll review the schedule. Should count all the expenses that are added. Around 10%," Andris Kačanovskis forecast.

“We have a waiting list. Dozens are waiting in line,” the salon owner said.

Sabīne Ulberte, president of the Association of Beauticians, said that there are still no jobs for cosmeticians, masseurs, podologists, saunas.

“[The government] does not allow certified medical practitioners who already provide services in the institutions under the ambulatory service to work – it distorts competition,” Ulberte said.

It is particularly unfair that podologists and masseurs continue to work in health centers, according to Ulberte.

“Here's the same absurd assumption that you can't be robbed at a church and you can't be infected at a hospital. I do not think this is a valid argument to deny [work] for some with the same qualifications,” Ulberte said.

Beauty professionals point out that in this case proceedings will clearly follow – at the level of the administrative or constitutional court.

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