Safety measures intend to cut through Covid-19 caution as West Norfolk salons return
“I’m in need of a haircut as I look like a cross between Boris Johnson and Bob Geldof.”
That was a comment received by one Gaywood salon owner as he prepares to welcome back customers this weekend with safety measures in place.
Adam Marchetti of Volume One said the three staff at the salon will wear visors, and there will be anti-bacterial dispensers when people first walk in.
Disposal gowns will be used for each appointment, while shields have been put up to divide each chair.
Mr Marchetti said: “I have been in the industry for over 20 years and this is a new experience for me. I have always worked as a walk-in service but we just felt it would be sensible to switch to appointments only for the restart.
“I personally feel it will be something I will continue with. It has been an ideal opportunity to make that change and I feel it is going to be right for me.”
His colleague Louis Thomas, 18, has been taking bookings using an app called Booksy, but Mr Marchetti said he will be sticking to the "old fashioned way" of using a pencil and paper.
The owner said it has been a “mixed bag” between customers who are ready for an appointment and those who are more hesitant.
Meanwhile, Tara Inns, owner of Eden Hair Design in Lynn, has also got a number of measures in place for Saturday’s reopening in line with government guidelines.
She said her regular clients have been booking appointment, and the 14 staff will be working split-shifts with longer opening hours to allow time to clean between appointments.
“It was a relief to have a date confirmed,” she added. “I kept thinking we need to know in advance and get the guidelines on whether we could do blow-dries and other services. It has taken quite a while and I did not expect it to take quite this long.
"Everyone I and the rest of my staff have spoken to are eager to come in. I thought some might be wary of coming back but everyone seems excited and reassured to stay safe."
In normal circumstances, Eden has a mixture of appointments and walk-in services. However, due to the pandemic, there will be no walk-ins for the forseeable future.
Staff will have to stick to one customer at the time, rather than double-booking as an additional safety measure.
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