Hair Salons And Other Businesses Reopen In Switzerland

A hairdresser and a customer both wearing protective face mask interact at The Next Cut hair salon after Switzerland started to ease the restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic due to the novel coronavi... A hairdresser and a customer both wearing protective face mask interact at The Next Cut hair salon after Switzerland started to ease the restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic due to the novel coronavirus, on April 27, 2020 in Lausanne. - Doctors' surgeries, dentists, creches, hairdressers and massage and beauty salons were able to reopen, along with DIY stores, garden centres and florists. The Swiss stopped short of full confinement in emergency measures introduced last month to combat the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 27, 2020 9:20 a.m.
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GENEVA — Businesses like hair salons, tattoo parlors, veterinarians’ offices and garden shops are reopening up across Switzerland.

It is part of a multi-tiered reopening as the Alpine country gradually eases restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Requirements from Swiss authorities say businesses must provide individual clients an average of at least 10 square meters in their shops and offices, set up lines outside their buildings and regularly clean their equipment and surfaces.

Service-providers like barbers and masseurs who come within 2 meters of customers were advised to wear masks and transparent-plastic face screens, and wash or disinfected hands before and after each client.

Pet-owners were expected to drop off their animals outside the vet offices, only to pick them up after the visits are over.

Long-lines snaked outside large garden shops and hardware stores in some areas as the easing took place on Monday.

Swiss authorities for weeks have forced the closure of all non-essential shops and services. Schools and a wider array of businesses are to resume operations on May 11, followed by a vastly expanded reopening on June 8.

No date has been set for the resumption of large gatherings such as sporting events and concerts.

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