The Allied Beauty Association of Canada (ABA Canada) firmly believes that all professional services should be suspended until the government-dictated isolation period is lifted. Workplaces have to be safe again; a solution has to be found concerning the daily care of children through day-cares or schools.
“Our businesses have multiple employees that work in close quarters together and with clients, touching clients’ hair, faces, nails, hands and bodies,” says Alain Audet, executive director of ABA Canada. “Our workers are very concerned about their health and the contamination risks.”
It is vital that the various aid programs that have been or will be created specifically include the professional beauty industry, but are also flexible enough to adapt to different business models.
In Canada, the beauty industry employs nearly 500,000 workers in 35,000 business locations across the country. These business owners are now facing the difficult decision to suspend their operations, which not only affects them, but also their stylists dependent on their styling income.
Cancellations reached 70 per cent last week, and the few businesses still operating are barely getting any clientele. The companies still operating are doing so in fear of not being able to claim any government support.
For these reasons, ABA Canada, on behalf of the industry, demands that all levels of government institute an immediate ban on personal services in business, home and mobile settings.
Credit: ABA Canada