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Latvian beauty industry takes matters to Constitutional Court

The Latvian Association of Beauticians (LSSA) and the Latvian Association of Cosmetologists and Cosmeticians (LKKA) have on February 11 decided to refer to the Constitutional Court in relation to the bans related to Covid-19.

The necessary documents have already been produced, associations said in a statement.

At the same time, associations will also address the Competition Council, indicating the existence of anti-competitive conditions. “It is not clear to the industry why beauty services are provided by large medical establishments, bypassing the ban, but it is prohibited to do so for medical practitioners with equivalent qualifications in beauty salons and private practices,” said the statement.

Since November 9, 2020, beauty services have been banned.  The state of emergency has now been extended until April 6, 2021.

Beauty professionals also suffered from the crisis before, since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, associations said.

Consequently, their activities have either stopped altogether or they have been working under strict restrictions for 11 months.

“Thousands of women working in the sector remained without sufficient means of subsistence and social support (in November and December 2020, the average benefit paid to one recipient was not more than €300), as well as [they were] exposed to the risk of poverty,” the association said.

Associations pointed out that the provision of services is prohibited despite additional safety measures offered by associations during the provision of these services, which would ensure that Covid-19 is limited. The decision to ban the provision of beauty services was taken without negotiation and consultation with the industry, said the statement.

 

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