Barbers working from home

March 31, 2020

With the Government ordering restrictions for barbers and hairdressers, some barbers have moved their businesses to their homes.

"Me a trim di elder dem pon me veranda. The big man dem a come fi dem shave up same way, so me just do a thing round a me yard. Sunday, over 10 big man come fi a clean shave ... me jus get a pack a gloves a do me thing. Dem wash dem hand before dem come in and thing too, so me good," one barber told THE STAR.

The 29-year-old father of two said that he needed a job and barbering is the only thing he knows how to do.

"How we fi eat? Me couldn't get no job so me go learn a trade and now me caa even do di trade! Leggo di yute dem mek dem come trim ... we wah fi eat food too. When me turn back di yute dem or lock my shop and lay dung ina my bed every day, a who ago come gimmie food?" he lamented.

Restriction on opening hours

On March 23, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that there would be a restriction on opening hours for barbershops and hairdressing salons.

Shops must only be open between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. He also stated that operators should not have more than two people waiting at a time and no more than 10 persons within the establishment.

Another barber, who has started trimming customers inside his home since the order cae into effect, said he had a full yard last Sunday.

"The man dem still a come fi trim and me a go continue fi trim dem. The man dem bush up and waan barber, so me nah send dem back. Me stop trim a the shop ... a ina me yard me a dweet," he said laughing. "Money afi mek same way."

Though he claims to understand why it was necessary that all barbershops be closed, he believes the need for money is far more important for his survival.

"We understand everything weh the prime minister a seh and thing, but dem same one a seh we must get wah we need and stay home. Yuh know wah we need? Money. Dat alone can buy food and Lysol and sanitiser," the barber said.

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