Govt gives nod to Salon and Gyms to open from Sunday decision taken after 12 salon workers committed suicide

Mumbai : Salons and Gyms will finally open their shutters in the state from June 28 (Sunday), after three months of lockdown. The decision to allow Salons and Gyms across the state to open shop, including Mumbai, was taken at the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday. The guidelines have been laid down and salon professionals will have to abide by them. Meanwhile, it has been clarified that only haircuts will be allowed in the Salon immediately, no permission has been given for beard shaving has been given.

Although the state has given the green signal to start Salon, beauty parlors and spas have not been allowed to open up immediately. The state cabinet meeting took the decision after a detailed discussion about the various issues concerning the trade. Regulations have been prepared for the salon and adherence to social distance, use of masks and sanitation will be mandatory, said Minister of Textile, Fisheries and Port development, Aslam Shaikh,.

After the cabinet meeting, Transport Minister Adv. Anil Parab informed about this decision. He said, ‘Right now, only haircuts will be allowed in the salon. The decision about the beard will be taken later. It is mandatory for anyone going to the salon to use a mask. At the same time, the hairdresser also needs to wear a mask. It will also be mandatory to follow all other rules of social distance. This will be closely monitored in the next few days. After that further decisions will be taken.

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The decision to reopen the salon shop, which has been closed for the past three months due to lockdown, was taken at today’s cabinet meeting. The salon shop will be open from Monday with conditions. It was not decided to start a salon shop even after the lockdown was relaxed. Therefore, it is time for these traders to go hungry. Twelve salon professionals have committed suicide due to financial difficulties in the state. Therefore, this shop should be started, this issue was raised by me in today’s cabinet meeting and was approved by the Chief Minister, said Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Vijay Vadettiwar while speaking to the electronic media.

Salon owners association vice president Tushar Chavan while speaking to thenews21 remarked “we welcome the government decision to allow Salons to open their shops. But some clarification is needed like there are many places which function like Salon and Spa, or Salon and Beauty parlor, what about such places? How would they work? Government should come out with clear cut modalities. Right now our association meeting was going on where some issues were raised like Beauty Parlor’s are source of income as well as women entrepreneurship. The government should take a decision on that too”

Almost 12 salon professionals committed suicide in this three month long lock-down and most of them committed suicide in unlock 1.0 (mission begin again) phase. Now what is done cannot be undone, but government must help families of these professionals by giving them compensation of 15 lakh, demanded Chavan.   

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