NUSADAILY.COM -JAKARTA- Medical tapes and single-use plastic ponchos sit atop a table at a South Jakarta beauty salon, next to a stack of magazines for customers to read when they get their hair or nails done.
A hairdresser carefully removes elastic strings off a customer’s ears before taping the mask to her cheeks with medical tape. “This will keep the mask on without getting the strings wet,” the hairdresser, who dons an all-white uniform, explains one of the health and safety procedures to a woman sitting at a hair-wash station, her hair flowing down the basin, ready for a good wash. She has put on a thin, green raincoat-like covering to protect herself and others amid the coronavirus pandemic that has impacted all parts of the world.
Whilst her hair is washed, a recorded video explaining the thorough health and safety measures taken by the salon’s management plays on a loop. However, she cannot hear the audio very well because of the make-shift plastic separators set up around the station.
The spacious salon space seems even bigger now as customers sit two seats away from each other. A similar scene can be seen at many beauty salons and barbershops across the capital city of Jakarta, where people are once again allowing themselves to be pampered under the so-called new normal phase.
Eight months after salons and barbershops were allowed to open their doors again following a lockdown, some Jakartans seem to still be reluctant on visiting them, and those who choose to come in are embracing the new normal.
When the transition large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) measures were implemented for the first time in June, 2020, Jakartans geared up to once again carry out activities in places they were not able to visit during the complete lockdown.
Beauty salons and personal grooming parlors, which were among those impacted by the lockdown and restriction policies, prepared to welcome customers back and revive their businesses.
Under the new normal, everyone has been warned time and time again, that this is not a green light for things to return to normal. People are still being asked to adhere to strict health protocols, including maintaining distancing, washing hands with running water and soap regularly, using hand sanitizers when water is unavailable, and wearing masks.
However, owner of ARTE Barber, Karina Renata, felt the need for extra safety measures to ensure maximum protection.
“We have prepared a set of health and safety guidelines to ensure that we are protecting not only ourselves, but, of course, our customers as well,” she told ANTARA.
In accordance with the government regulation to limit occupancy to 50 percent, ARTE Barber is prioritizing customers who make prior reservations and only allowing two people into the premises at a time, that is, one customer and one barber. Customers are being asked to wear masks, as well as barbers, who are wearing face shields and gloves for extra protection.
“We have taken our hygiene very seriously, even way before the pandemic. We always provide fresh towels and barber capes, and routinely disinfect our chairs, tools, and counters,” Renata wrote on ARTE Barber’s Instagram page. (sak/ant)