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Salons in Mumbai set to reopen on Sunday, gyms and spas may be next – Times of India

MUMBAI: Easing yet another set of curbs, the Maharashtra administration on Thursday allowed salons and beauty parlours to reopen starting June 28 in red zones such as Mumbai, but for select services. According to a notification, entry will be with prior appointment. And only select services like haircuts, dyeing, waxing, threading will be allowed. Skin-related services are not permitted.
More flexibility in use of taxis and autos, opening up of gyms and spas, and allowing offices to bring in 25-30% of staff are also measures presently under consideration.

Salons will have to sanitise tools like scissors as well as their chairs, and use disposable napkins. “Masks are compulsory for the person going for a haircut and the person working at the salon,” said Sena minister Anil Parab.
Offices may be allowed to bring in 25-30% of staff
Transport minister Anil Parab said on Thursday that the state would consider allowing gyms and spas to open up, but would wait until a protocol is finalised to study the plan’s viability. “Unlocking is being done phasewise. If found that by opening something, cases are rising or guidelines are not being followed, the decision could be taken back,” said Parab.
The Maharashtra Nabhik Mahamandal, a state-level association of barbers, has held protests demanding that their businesses should be allowed to be revived. They said 12 people employed in the grooming industry had died by suicide due to lack of income during the lockdown.
Mumbai city guardian minister Aslam Shaikh said he had raised the demand to reopen salons and gyms “I spoke to the CM, guidelines for those too are being drafted. In the first phase, society gyms will be opened as they are easy to monitor,” said Shaikh.
Going forward, the situation in Maharashtra looks fluid. No decision has been taken yet on the way forward after June 30, but the state is likely to extend the lockdown and simultaneously ease restrictions on more sectors such as road transport. Currently taxis and autos are allowed only for emergency and essential use only; it is likely that the government will soon give everyone access.
A meeting with stakeholders in the transport sector is scheduled tomorrow. “It is certain that local trains will not be available to everyone for some time now, so we need to provide enough and safe transport options,” said Parab.
Also, the state is likely to allow offices to operate with higher attendance. Currently, offices in cities with plenty of cases are allowed to work at 10% of staff strength. This may be increased to 25-30%. Also, a decision on allowing inter-district travel will be taken. “In the red zones, so far only industries under the essential category are allowed, some more types may be allowed after June 30,” said an official.