7 Feb 2022 7:52 am
The hairdressing trade is one of many industries that have been struggling with the corona restrictions for two years. Customers are coming back to the salons, but less often than before. The central association of the German hairdressing trade puts the drop in sales at up to 40 percent.
Two years after the WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic, hairdressers fear for their existence given the ongoing corona restrictions. The President of the Central Association of the German Hairdressing Trade, Manuela Härtelt-Dören, explained to the dpa:
“We still have between 20 to 40 percent less sales.”
Due to the requirement to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, the salons could not be fully utilized. Since these regulations are uniform throughout Germany, there are no major regional differences. Haerelt-Dören emphasized:
“Our craft has been hit hard.”
After the first lockdown in spring 2020, the industry had to ramp up hygiene protection measures. “It continues to this day,” said Härtelt-Dören, who runs a business in Göttingen herself.
The labor market has remained stable. “We tried everything to keep the employees even during the pandemic.” However, a general labor shortage already existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, the entrepreneur said. There are problems especially with the youngsters.
Association General Manager Jörg Müller made it clear:
“Last year there were ten to 20 percent fewer trainees in the first year.”
According to the association, there are around 80,000 salons in Germany with 240,000 employees. The number remained constant during the crisis. Insolvencies are only expected in the years that follow the pandemic, said Müller.
According to the information, little has changed in terms of customers. “Customers continue to come to us, only the frequency of visits has declined somewhat,” explains Härtelt-Dören. Customers often put up with long waiting times.
The master hairdresser appealed to politicians: “We need an extension of the relief measures.” These would have to be industry-specific so that companies in the hairdressing trade could be helped. In addition, “it would be great” if politicians, for example, reduced VAT or relieved the training companies. For the current year, she now hopes that numerous corona restrictions will be lifted.
More on the subject – Eike Hamer in an interview with RT: German economy after two years of corona measures