After a year of self cutting , I went to the saloon (not the hi-fi, but the street saloon) to get a hair cut. As a double safety norm, I wore two masks and a full shirt. At the entrance to the saloon, there was a board stating the precautions they are taking in lieu of the Covid situation. There were a couple of customers being serviced, so I waited outside. When my turn came, I went inside. The hair setter (they have not done anything barbarian to be called barbers) was wearing an apron, mask and gloves. He sanitized the chair, my hands, his gloved hands, the scissors and also took out a new comb and sanitized the same. Instead of a regular cloth, he covered me with a thin disposable apron. Then, he started his work. When there was a need to remove my mask for better access, he removed the earpiece of my mask and asked me to hold my nose part of the mask so that it does not come off. And he finished the work without any talk. Payment was digital.
So, it looks like the common man's saloons have adjusted to the new safety norms, with some cost escalation. However, what was distressing was that the 2 customers who were serviced earlier were not wearing masks. Utter carelessness on their part, for, because of their devil may care attitude they might end up infecting the hair setters. It is no surprise that the case loads are on the increase again because of these unmasked devils.
The one who set my hair was also doing his 2nd year PUC in Science stream. Let us hope he uses his education to find innovative solutions for his father's profession, He was helping his father in his business. And his father had also taken the vaccine shot. more