Denmark after lockdown: Hairdressers and other professions re-open

Denmark after lockdown: Hairdressers and other professions re-open
Illustration photo: Ida Marie Odgaard / Ritzau Scanpix
The Danish government has announced the reopening guidelines for professions such hairdressers, physiotherapists, dentists and beauticians as they re-opened business on Monday.

At a press meeting on Sunday afternoon, Business Minister Simon Kollerup announced the set of guidelines for how businesses can reopen responsibly, which have been decided with business organisations and health authorities.

“It goes without saying that you cannot avoid contact with a masseur or hairdresser. But the new guidelines need to reduce our infection,” said Kollerup.

Last week Denmark's government struck a cross-party deal to reopen certain professions from next week.

These include dentists, hairdressers, driving schools, masseurs, beauticians, tattooists, physiotherapists. The public institutions which will open include courts, family courts, prisons (for newly sentenced), research laboratories.

Below are some of the guidelines set out today. Full details can be found by clicking this link to the Ministry of Business (Erhvervsministeriet) document.

Face-to-face contact

* Face-to-face contact should be as short as possible and at a distance.

* In situations where prolonged close contact cannot be avoided, there should be a physical barrier between staff and customer.  This could be a mask or visor, or a screen in a nail salon where the customer can put their hands through.

Hygiene

* Employees must wash their hands thoroughly before and after each customer, in addition to other general hand washing times.

* Employees should, where possible, use their own tools/equipment.

* Thorough cleaning of equipment after each treatment and a plan for general cleaning and disinfecting of equipment.

* Thorough cleaning of surfaces such as handles, handrails, light switches, tables, computers that are touched by many.

* Laundry, such as towels, to be washed at 80 degrees.

Premises

* There should be at least two meters distance between customers' locations. 

* Any waiting rooms should be closed or arranged so that it is possible to keep a minimum of two meters distance.

* Magazines, toys etc. must be removed from the premises.

* Water and soap or hand sanitizer must be available to customers and employees.

* Information leaflets about coronavirus symptoms and good hygiene should be available in or near the premises.

* Staggered or extended opening and meeting times should be used, to prevent too many employees from working at the same time and to reduce the amount of customers.

* For practical driving lessons there should be no more than one student and one driving teacher per car.

 

 


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