The Irish Hairdressers Federation has today announced that it plans to present plans to the government this week to allow salons and barbers to open earlier than planned.
Under the government’s timeline for reopening businesses as we move out of the Covid-19 crisis, hairdressers will not be allowed to reopen until July 20.
The IHF has developed guidelines and recommendations which will be presented to the government this week on the day to day operations of salons.
It’s expected that the document to be submitted for the government’s consideration will include over 110 specific recommendations to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Commenting on this, incoming President of the Irish Hairdressers Federation, Danielle Kennedy, said; “Foremost in our thoughts is the wellbeing of our staff and the safety of our customers.”
“The recommendations will radically change how we do our business, which will see the extensive use of PPE and sanitisation procedures.”
Danielle went on to say: “there are 25,000 people employed in our sector and we want to ensure they can come back to work safely.”
“I have been talking to hundreds of hairdressers in the past few weeks and they can’t wait to get back to work because they love their job and they love their customers.”
“Our customers come in, they talk with the staff, find out the local news and they all go home feeling great. It’s a vital local service, especially for the elderly.”
The IHF is the trade association for Irish hairdressers and represents over 400 salon owners nationwide, who in turn employ over 5,000 stylists.