February 1, 2023
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Fringe benefits: TD wants Government to chop to it as Kilkenny hairdressers seek clarity

A  TD has called on the Government to chop to it regarding a decision over when hairdressers and barbers can open.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Stephen Donnelly said the mixed messages are unhelpful to an industry which needs to prepare for a very different approach to hairdressing than before COVID-19.

His calls come as it was reported that a decision to bring forward the reopening of barbers and hairdressers to June 29 is being worked towards.

NPHET has said they will consider the matter over the next week and a half. Under the current roadmap they are to remain shut until July 20.

“This is further evidence, if we needed it, that sector specific task forces need to be established to help industries to reopen safely,” he said.

“Hairdressers are a key part of the local economy. No hairdresser or barber wants to put themselves, their staff or their customers in danger – they need time to prepare and to implement strict health and safety protocols.

“The Irish Hairdressers Federation (IHF) has published 100 guidelines which hairdressers and barbers can implement which would allow the safe reopening.

“However, if NPHET and the Government only give the green light for reopening in the next ten days then hairdressers and barbers will have a week at most to implement all measures.

“There is going to be a massive demand on PPE in the industry and staff will need to be trained in COVID-19 – who is going to provide this?

“A task force would be able to provide clear guidance and help to the approximately 25,000 people employed in the sector.

“Hairdressers want to get back to businesses, customers are certainly crying out for them, but it has to be safe for all involved. The Government has to stop with the mixed messages and give reassurance to the industry that there is a plan,” added Deputy Donnelly.

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