Rhonda Raphael of Rhonda’s Cleaning Services cleans the Q-Styler Barbering & Skincare on Third Avenue, Barataria yesterday.

In their preparations to restart business today, several hairdressers said they would either switched to appointments only, limit the number of people allowed inside their salon at any one time, and add personal hygiene requirements as part of all visits.

Owner of Booms’ International Unisex Salon in Morne Coco Maraval, Marvin Gibbs said all customers would be required to sanitise upon entry. There would be no entry without masks and as it pertains to physical distancing.

He said no more than five clients would be allowed in the salon at a time.

Crysande’s Spa and Make-up Studio Limited has rolled out a lengthy list of dos and don’ts for its clients. Owner Crysande Hochst said there are new health and safety protocols she will implement not just for clients but staff as well. She said failure to follow the new protocols will result in rescheduled appointments, delay of treatment, or even client termination.

At her spa, masks will be mandatory.

Hochst said all services will be done with technicians wearing full-face shields and that all tools as well as doorknobs would be sterilised.

Owner at Sassy Suite Limited, Alicia Walters said that in her lobby area, some seats have been removed to allow for more space between guests.

“We are operating on a more stringent appointment system to prevent too many people in the building at once. Clients will be asked to arrive on time and wait in their vehicles once possible if they arrive too early for their appointments,” said Walters.

Over at Arlene’s Magic Touch in Kelly Village, St Helena, owner Arlene Osborne said her salon was being completely sanitised before clients come in. She said however, she always worked strictly by appointments only, so that risk of contact was not an issue for her.

Osborne advised all hairdressers at this time should consider conducting business on an appointment-only basis instead of having walk-ins, as she said this limits the amount of people coming in and is also important in the event of contact tracing.