Latvian Radio visited the beauty salon BB Binnija. On Monday morning, the barber's chair was empty only when, with a fresh hairdo and a smile, one client left and the workplace was prepared, disinfected and ventilated so that the next customer could be welcomed.
The salon owner, Binnija Ārberga, said it was exciting, like first day of school with a bouquet of flowers in her hands. Two months of downtime has not been easy, but the salon has survived and today the door has been opened.
The phone is constantly ringing, and customers book a visit for the next days and weeks. Ārberga said that there is a lot of work and the specialists will work from early morning to late evening.
Latvian Radio surveyed more than ten different hairdresser salons in Rīga and regions. Some can book an appointment on Wednesday, others have a 10-day queue, but some said that bookings had been made until July.
In order to comply with all safety regulations, additional investments are required. For example, Dace Šrādere , owner of the Verdant Eco SPA, said that, in order to meet the requirements for customer flow regulations, the salon could accept fewer customers during the day than working in normal mode. Similarly, investments of around €250 were needed in order to be able to resume work and open the door to customers. She said prices might rise.
The operation of salons is supervised by a number of authorities - the Health Inspectorate, the Consumer Rights Protection Centre, as well as the State Police and municipal police. The police will have the right to impose a fine of up to €5,000 on serious and blatant violations of epidemiological requirements, as well as repeated smaller offences. Like in retail, the police will carry out checks on a random basis.
The Ministry of Economy estimates that more than 8,700 employees can resume work in salons.