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Part of the third step in gradually unfreezing the Polish economy involves reopening beauty salons and hairdressers. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced this during a press conference on Wednesday. The businesses, however, will have to conform with strict sanitary regulations.

“Appointments can be made exclusively by phone or online,” he declared

Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski added that in order to avoid unnecessary exposure and prevent overcrowding the waiting rooms, it will also be necessary to minimise the number of people inside the salons and keep a safe distance between clients. 

Detailed operating guidelines were prepared by the Ministry of Development in cooperation with the Polish Union of Cosmetics Industry.

What will the “new normal” look like?

  • Each visit to a hairdresser or beauty salon will begin with measuring temperature. Clients will be then asked to fill out a short medical survey and leave their personal belongings in a bag in the waiting room.
  • Hairdressers and beauticians will be obliged to wear protective gear, including face masks, goggles and face shields. Clients will also have to regularly disinfect their hands and wear face masks and disposable gloves. All surfaces inside the salons will be regularly disinfected, and used equipment should be disposable or sterilised.
  • Employees and client alike are required to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres. While providing the service, workers are prohibited from using their phones. Only contactless payments will be accepted.  
  • We shouldn’t expect to be offered coffee or tea either; only water in disposable cups.
  • Product samples and... magazines will disappear from the waiting rooms as well.

“The point is to limit the number of objects in the salon one would be tempted to touch,” explains Justyna Żerańska, legislative project manager at the Polish Union of Cosmetics Industry. She adds that the reason for this is twofold. On the one hand, the aim is cut unnecessary disinfection costs. “The other reason is purely practical- disinfecting paper magazines would be outright impossible,” she says.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Development published detailed guidelines for hairdressers on its website.

“Preparing our guidelines, we considered how other countries like Germany or Spain approached the issue of reopening hairdressers and beauty salons. There, despite a much worse epidemiological situation, employees have already gone back to work. The strict hygienic standards maintained at medical offices and dental clinics regardless of a pandemic threat were another point of reference for us,” says Blanka Chmurzyńska-Brown, General Director of the Polish Union of Cosmetics Industry. “Some of the solutions adopted abroad were embraced, others rejected,” she says.

Take the clients’ obligation to wash their hair before a visit: “we decided that it should depend on the type of treatment. Washing your hair before having it coloured, for example, might unnecessarily damage the hair,” she explains.

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