Nowadays, the fear of Coronavirus has gripped the entire world. By 9th March, more than 4200, people have died from the Novel Coronavirus (mostly in China) and 1,18,000 people worldwide were infected.
(Channel News Asia).Owing to the fear of such a deadly outbreak, people are thinking twice, even before visiting a salon or spa.
In such scenarios, it is very important for you to ensure the safety of your customers.
Well, we have covered the what, why and how of COVID-19 and preventive measures that a salon or any F&B business should take. Firstly, let us understand,
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a dedicated page that has comprehensive information on COVID-19.
How does it spread?
Human corona viruses spread just like the flu or a cold (from person to person). Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others.
What are its symptoms?
The basic symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
How to keep your salons safe from Coronavirus?
Salons or any F&B business gather large groups of people in close premises. So it is very important for you to introduce preventive measures. Following are mandatory actions that you should immediately bring into practice:
1.Keep your staff aware of the disease
Though most of your staff must be fairly familiar with the outbreak to some extent. We would still recommend you to arrange a meeting and make them aware of it to all corners.
Educate them about the preventive measures that they should take on your premises. Also, brief them about the guidelines provided by the local health authorities.
If any of your guests is suffering from flu or any respiratory disease, then ask them to stay at home. (In such cases, if it is possible you can give them paid leave).
2.Use sanitizers and masks
Cleanliness is indeed a key to stay safe from the spread of this virus. Ensure that all the tools are washed properly under running water before being used.
Provide your staff members with surgical masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) and gloves to wear.
COVID-19 disease can spread through droplets that are released from the infected person’s nose or mouth when someone coughs, sneezes or exhales. Therefore, ask your staff to use sanitizers, masks, and tissues frequently.
3.Avoid handshakes. Do ‘Namaste’
Well, the handshake is a great way of transferring different microbes like viruses and bacteria from one person to another. So for the time being, ask your staff members to avoid members shaking their hands with guests. Also internally, they should avoid frequent physical contact.
Even the health experts warn that shaking hands is a prime way to spread the coronavirus. You should adopt some different methods of greeting people, like elbow bumps or namaste.
So, this was all about how you can keep your salons safe from coronavirus. It is one of the most deadly outbreaks in history. Therefore you have to adopt these measures on an urgent basis and stay safe from COVID-19.
Along with, as a salons owner/manager consider these preventive measures for yourself too and be safe.