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While the government is implementing measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the desired result cannot be attained without proactive public participation. The staff and owner at Advance Cut Unisex Salon in Gurugram have joined the fight against COVID-19. Here’s what they are doing. By Kumar Shree

India went under the first phase of lockdown on March 26, 2020. What was supposed to be a 21-day affair has turned into 45-days-and-counting case… Lockdown 1.0 saw the first extension after its 21-day period. That’s when Lockdown 2.0 kicked in, which was again extended and the country is currently observing Lockdown 3.0.

 

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The initial two versions had supremely restrictive measures in place, which only allowed essential services and frontline workers to function. The latest version, however, has introduced many relief measures.

The entire country stands segregated into three zones—red, orange, and green. This division depends on multiple factors, and mainly on the number of cases in the region. While the red zone areas are directed to follow strict lockdown rules, barring essential services, the orange and green zones have gotten some relaxations. These relaxations include functioning of barbershops, spas, and salons. Of course, these establishments are expected to observe and ensure social distancing and other safety measures while operating.

A unisex salon in Gurugram called Advance Cut is doing the rounds in the news for raising the bar of safety. It ticks all the boxes for ensuring a safe and precautionary operation. The staff here is using PPE kits while working. As reported by ANI, a customer at the store said, “Workers are taking all safety measures. They are using PPE kits; every salon should implement this process.” The same report quoted the salon owner saying, “People should not fear, we are taking all safety measures here. We are sanitising and disinfecting our salon properly.”

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