Barbershop proprietor Kumar Arumugam did not expect the huge crowds that thronged his seven outlets when he opened for business on Wednesday (June 10th).
“People had started lining up outside my shops as early as 7.30 am and continued waiting patiently until we opened at 9 am,” said Kumar, 49, whose seven shops are located throughout Klang town.
He added that he allowed three patrons at one time into his shops for haircuts and shaves.
Kumar said he used up to 500 big garbage bags to dispose of the cut hair on the first day they opened for business.
“I estimated there were about 80 to 120 clients throughout the day in each of the seven outlets,” he said, adding that most of the patrons were elderly men.
According to Kumar, his outlets used to average about 30 customers each per day before the movement control order (MCO) came into force on March 18.
The government announced that barbershops, hair salons, and beauty parlors were allowed to resume operations on June 10 after such businesses were shuttered during the MCO.
Kumar also said he had strictly followed the standard operating procedure (SOP) that was stipulated by the authorities when he opened the shop.
“All our 15 barbers have personal protective equipment (PPE) on and we made sure the floors were swept and mopped after we completed cutting the hair of every batch of patrons,” he said.
He added that equipment such as scissors, combs, and shavers was also disinfected and wiped clean after each use. Kumar said he would strictly follow the SOP as he did not want to risk his staff members getting infected.
“I just don’t want to expose my staff members to Covid-19,” he said. Kumar added that all his barbers, who are from India, have undergone the necessary medical screening.
News Credit: TheStar