It has been a two months interval for all the hifi saloons in cities across the nation. The lockdown is relaxed in Hyderabad and the saloons like Naturals, Jawed Habib, Lakme are opened.
The first day customers are not allowed as walkins but serviced only on prior appointments.
"We opened our saloon yesterday and completely sanitized. We have bought PPE suits for our staff. We placed thermal screening equipment and hand sanitizers at the door step. Our customers started calling since yeaterday and we could give appointments only for a few. So far the slots are full for the next 5 days. We have to close by 5: 45 pm working alternate days. We cannot operate beyond 7pm due to curfew", shared the owner of Naturals Saloon in Hyderabad.
A customer who made his first day visit to Naturals says, "Everything is well placed. Staff memebers look like Covid doctors with PPE suits. But the prices are hiked enormously. I think they have added up the costs of PPE suits for staff and other things to the bill. For a regular service where I pay 1200 in general, paid Rs 1750 today. It's a bit on higher side but giving some Rs 500 more for personal safety is nothing wrong".
When enquired, each set of a disposable PPE suit costs Rs 380/- for the saloon. The staff member has to use one suit per day what ever be the number of customers he serves.