Before attendants in a hair saloon for men, or women beauty, give you the service, they will ask to record all your details – part of new rules in the government’s COVID-19 control toolkit.
The Rwanda Standards Bureau (RSB) has put up new regulations for saloons, which opened on Monday this week as part of the easing of the lockdown.
Each saloon will be required to have temperature kit to measure and record everyone’s temperature before service. In addition, ID and address of the client will be recorded.
The same data will be available to government medical authorities such that if a review of the data finds a particular person is wanted, tracing will be easy.
Contrary to what has been before, whereby attendants and waiting clients sat inside the saloon, only those seated being tended to will be inside. Everyone else has to be outside, as part of the social distancing rules.
There should also be no cash payments for hair cuts or any beauty services. Saloons have been required to ensure there are non-cash methods like phone payments.
Both saloon attendants and clients must wear face mask at all time, and distance between clients, and distance between client-attendant must be the standard social distance.
EDITOR: Earlier version of the story called the body ‘Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RSF). It is actually ‘Rwanda Standards Bureau (RSB).