May 5, 2020 – Croatia’s hair salons are open once more, albeit with strict social distancing. So how busy are they? The view from Durdevac.
Week 2 of the gradual easing of some measures saw the opening of hair salons once more in Croatia. But in the corona era, things were hardly as they once were, and social distancing and hygiene regulations means that the hair salon experience – for now at least – is a lot less social than it used to be.
So how is the new reality, and how busy are hair salons? There must surely be a lot of people waiting to have their hair done after weeks of self-isolation. Am very grateful to Joubert Loots, a South African photography married to a Croatian wife up in Durdevac for sending me these photos and a little explanation of how the situation is in Durdevac.
Joubert documented local hairdresser Anita Raknitican on her first day back serving customers. Due to the new rules, only one hairdresser is allowed to operate in the salon, and only one customer at any given moment.
While Anita cannot employ staff to help her due to the new rules, she can take bookings. And there are a LOT.
Joubert’s mother-in-law called to make an appointment yesterday, and the first available date is in 3 weeks, on May 25.
Anita is apparently fully booked for every slot until then, with an appointment every hour during her working day.
Not an ideal situation, but a small sign at least that small businesses are slowly starting again, and there is some business there.
Many thanks to Joubert for the submission. You can check out his portfolio of photography here.
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