People with broken nails, split ends and calloused feet rejoiced across Vancouver, Canada as nail and hair salons opened Tuesday morning.
Although we can reopen for business, things have certainly taken a detour around here. Call it the new norm if you wish, whatever it takes to keep our community safe here in Yaletown, Olympic Village, and the rest of Vancouver. Our government order allowed hair salons and nail salons, restaurants & spas to reopen after a two-month shutdown, but put new requirements in place aimed at continuing to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
To limit capacity, all salons must operate by appointment only. No drop-ins or group appointments are allowed. Employees must wear masks while performing personal services, and many are requiring the same from customers as well.
Along with its social distancing and cleaning requirements, our government also encouraged salons to take further precautions, including cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, tools and linens every day; providing unworn masks to clients during their appointments; removing unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, menus, paper products and decor from the customer service area; and finding ways to limit capacity in waiting areas, such as asking clients to wait in their vehicles until an employee finishes cleaning and preparing the service station.
We have also installed plexiglass acrylic shield throughout the manicure stations and the front desk. As a small business, we fully understand the need to stay open while still protecting employees and our communities. In an effort to help other businesses and healthcare facilities do the same, we have started selling our Plexiglas acrylic sneeze guards online.
You can purchase the acyclic shields sneeze guards here directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other steps we are taking
- disposable single-use bed sheets
- face mask/shield/goggles worn
- medical grade disinfectant on all surfaces in between clients
- limited amount of clients per day / spaced out
We understand this is a crazy time, our hearts are with you and your families, as well as our team and their families!