As new restrictions are imminent in most Canadian provinces, the country’s largest group of hair salons, stylists and personal services is calling for the continued operation of 35,000 establishments in Canada. The ABA and its 18,000 members want to remind the Government that “We are Safe”.
ABA members have been exceeding the standards and guidelines issued by Health Canada. Recently, ABA surveyed their membership and found that members have served over 236,000 clients across Canada since they reopened this Spring. Of these clients, only 16 cases of COVID were reported. “We attribute this extremely low incident rate of COVID in our member establishments to the extended measures we have taken as an industry to ensure the safety of our customers,” says Sandra Fiore, ABA Canada Chairperson of the Board.
The consequence of closing this industry will have serious economic and health implications.
Clients may pressure their stylists to work from home or outside the salon and they may be unaware of the specific protocols. We do not want to take the chance that professionals and their clients may take any unnecessary risks while working from home. The safest place is in a professional salon.
“We are concerned that the industry will not recover from the economic impact of closing a second time. The personal services industry represents over $12 billion in annual revenue. These businesses are mainly run by women (e.g. 75% of hair salon employees) who are very often single-parent households trying to make ends meet. Most of these businesses are small to medium-sized and the employees of these businesses are considered self-employed (e.g. 50% in hair salons). Closing this industry in the second wave would most likely plunge 40% of these businesses into bankruptcy. That is over 10,000 businesses that may never recover.
We encourage the government to consider these facts and we ask consumers to let their local politicians know that the personal care industry is safe. We support proper protocol in the personal care industry to help keep our doors open,” adds Fiore.
The Allied Beauty Association (ABA) is a registered not-for-profit Canadian organization that represents the Canadian professional beauty industry with respect to hair, nails and aesthetics.