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Posted On: 30 September 2009 10:54 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Civic body to enforce masks for barbers

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Although the Doha Municipality has recently instructed that staff in barber shops and beauty centres must wear face masks and gloves during their duty hours as a precautionary measure against the H1N1 flu, it seems that many of them are oblivious of the decision. Mohamed Lahdan al-Kaabi, assistant director of the Doha Municipality, said that health inspectors at the municipality would conduct checks to enforce the decision. Al-Kaabi added that he visited some shops in Bin Omran and found barbers at these salons wearing the mask. “There is no problem with the men’s beauty salon because they are visible for every one from outside, the problem is with women’s beauty centres,” he was quoted as saying by a local Arabic daily said yesterday. However, he pledged to intensify the crackdown on those who are not complying with the decision, saying that more health inspectors will be sent to check the violators. However, the official indicated that the compliance of staff at barber shops and beauty centres should be a joint responsibility of customers and workers. “We cannot put an inspector in each beauty salon or barbershop. Also, customers should be proactive and protect themselves by requesting the barber to wear the mask or report him to the health affairs section at the Doha Municipality,” he said. According to the report, workers at several beauty salons were violating the decision as barbers did not wear the masks. In others, face masks were seen on the clothes pegs in the shop while the barber was on duty and not wearing either the mask or the glove.