Barbershops And Hair Salons Told To Do Temperature Checks On Customers

Directors Cut Barbershop

The government of Antigua & Barbuda has stipulated a set of guidelines for the barbershops and beauty salons scheduled to be reopened Monday.

Among the new guidelines, is a provision where these businesses may request their clients undergo a temperature check prior to entering the premises.

“Salons/shops can consider use of a touchless infrared thermometer to check the temperature of employee each day and of each client who enters the salon/shop.” stated in a government issed circular.

“Any employee or client who has a temperature of 99°F and above should be sent home immediately and not allowed to return to the salon/shop until they have no fever and no evidence of COVID-19 symptoms,” the circular advises. These establishments are advised to follow guidelines on Taking Human Temperature.”

According to the statement, they may also decline service from any client that exhibits signs of illness such as a fever, cough, muscle pains and shortness of breath.

Additionally, the circular notes that the salon or barber shop may reduce services and availability as well as limit people who are present within the establishment at the same time.

“Salons/shops should consider seeing clients by appointment only. Salons/ shops should consider telephonic or online scheduling. Limit the number of persons waiting area in the salon/ shop.

“It is recommended that clients wait outside the salon/shop in their vehicle until the hairdresser or barber is ready to serve them. It is recommended that persons not being serviced in the salon/shop wait outside the salon/shop.

“Salons/shops are not to be used as social gathering places! The numbers of clients in the waiting area should be determined to the extent if 6ft apart can be achieved,” the circular admonishes.

In what is now considered to be the ‘new normal’, all salons/shops must now provide handwashing stations at their respective businesses. In addition, they must clear and disinfect their tools between clients.

“Disinfect machine parts and other tools in barbicide between clients. Barbicide concentration ¼ cup (2oz) concentration in 4 cups (32oz) of water. An autoclave machine can also be used for sterilization of equipment,” the Ministry of Health circular stated.

All employees in the salons/shops must now wear masks and other personal protection equipment when attending to clients. The Central Board of Health said it will conduct
inspection of these businesses and it advises owners/operators to call to make
appointments for such services.


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