Hairdressers in Switzerland have their work cut out for them next week. Not only are their snipping skills in high demand from customers with bushy beards and scraggly hair after six weeks of lockdown-induced neglect. They also have to figure out how to perform what is a very personal service without violating the country’s limits on contact.
“Since Thursday, our phones are ringing like crazy,” said Michel Fuchs of Fuchs Hairteam in Lucerne. He said the salon will be working at 70 percent capacity and is requiring staff to wear goggles for some services and take their breaks outside.
Coiffeur Hair Sun in Basel is also booked out next week. Even so, owner Walter Kammermann aims to keep at least four meters between the 14 seats.
Hairdressers are among a select group of stores, including florists and hardware stores, that have been given the green light by the Swiss government to reopen on Monday. It’s the first step in the government’s plan to gradually return Switzerland to normality in the coming months.
Haircare at a distance
Don’t expect a regular hair appointment.
Salons are taking precautionary measures in the lead-up to Monday. The Swiss Hairdresser Association, coiffureSUISSE, has published a list of providers to help salons in sourcing protective products such as masks, disinfectant, gloves, and safety goggles.
Fuchs Hairteam in Lucerne will require both workers and clients to wear masks and will use only 12 of its 18 seats.
In Basel, Hinz & Kunst has ordered 600 masks as well as gloves. Gloria Hinz, the wife of the owner, is worried about running out of products because of delays in deliveries.
Although many customers are desperate for a trim, others are hesitant. Christian Moser, who runs his own salon in Bern, says people are asking how they will be protected and whether it will be safe. Moser spent CHF 1,000 to stock up on protective equipment this month.
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