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Walk-ins at hairdressing, barbering salons not allowed in new guidelines for Maltese outlets

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The Ministry of Health has announced a number of obligatory conditions to ensure safety at hair salons and barbers once these are allowed to re-open as from this Friday.

The Ministry said that as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually relaxed, employers and workers must work together to adapt and promote safe work practices consistent with advice from public health authorities and to ensure that premises are ready for the social distancing and correct hygiene measures that are critical to the success of the transition.

Employers and workers must prepare for the possibility that there will be cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and be ready to respond immediately, appropriately, effectively and
efficiently, and consistent with specific recommendations from public health authorities.

Among the mandatory conditions to be observed by Hair Salons and Barbers, the health authorities are requiring that the maximum capacity of clients inside the salon at any one time is one person per 10 square metres, excluding staff.
Shaving and restyling of beards is prohibited.

Other requirements include:
• Perspex barriers should be fitted in reception areas (2 metres from the floor).
• Workstations/styling chairs must be kept at a minimum distance of 2 metres from each other or separated by a Perspex barrier which is 2 metres high. These barriers must be cleaned properly after every client.
• Hand sanitizers must be made available at the reception area and near all workstations for
employee and client use (sanitizers with sensors are recommended).
• Clients (and suppliers) must wear a mask (covering mouth, nose and chin) or visor at all
times unless instructed otherwise by the service provider due to the treatment process.
Staff should wear a surgical or cotton mask or visor when providing a service to a client.

The Ministry said that clients should be encouraged to book an appointment online or by phone; appointments should be spaced to avoid clients coming into contact with each other; walk-ins should not be
allowed – a sign to this effect should be put up outside the shop/salon.

Clients should not be allowed in the salon before the service of the previous client is completed and the salon is sanitised. Barbers and salon operators are required to ennsure that the salon is thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant between clients. This includes workstations, chairs, trolleys, wash hand basins. Door handles and any other
surfaces should also be cleaned regularly.

Clients (and suppliers) should have their temperature checked using a contactless forehead thermometer before entering the shop/salon. Clients must also wear a mask (covering mouth and nose and chin) at all times unless instructed otherwise by the service provider due to the treatment process.

Doors and windows must be kept open, air-conditioning adjusted for more ventilation and recirculated air-conditioning avoided.

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