Barber shops open in rural areas of TN

Barber shops were reopened in rural areas of Tamil Nadu from today, after the government permitted on Monday the reopening of saloons in rural areas, except those which fall under the Greater Chennai police limits and municipal corporations, municipalities and town panchayats.

Many barbers said they are feeling relief now after a gap of two months. The salons will have to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines, barbers will have to wear masks and maintain hygiene at all times.

“After sympathetically considering demands from barbers, I’ve given orders for reopening salons from 19 May in areas other than Greater Chennai Police limits, other Corporations, Municipalities and Town Panchayats,” Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said in a statement.

Palaniswami said, “Taking the requests of the barbers into consideration, I have ordered to reopen barber shops from May 19 in rural areas, expect those under the Greater Chennai police, municipal corporations, municipalities and town panchayats.”

Barbers as well as members of the public going to the shop should ensure physical distancing. The barbers should wear hand gloves, face masks and wash hands with soap, the release said.

Palaniswami on Saturday announced that hairdressers who are not members of the Tamil Nadu Hair Dressers Welfare Board would also get Rs 2,000 as relief assistance during the lockdown period as they are not allowed to open saloons to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Already, 14,667 hairdressers who are members of the welfare board have been given Rs 2,000 in two instalments. Since the central government guidelines do not allow saloons during the lockdown, those who are not members of the board had represented to the government that their livelihoods have been affected and sought relief assistance.