‘Now that we have clarity on roughly when we can all return to work, the key now is to find out the HOW we get back to work.’ – Sean Taaffe
The Irish Government released its 5 phase ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business last night (1st May 2020).
- Hairdressing is listed in Phase 4 of the Timeline with the comment “the gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services“
- Assuming that Phase 1, 2 and 3 are safely executed over the coming weeks, Phase 4 of the Roadmap, which includes Hairdressing and Barbers, is presently scheduled for the 20th July 2020.
Like everybody last night, we took the time to read the ‘Roadmap to Reopening Society & Business’ and while we welcome the Roadmap, we are disappointed that we cannot get back to our workplaces for until the commencement of Phase 4 of the Roadmap.
Assuming that Phase 1, 2 and 3 are safely executed over the coming weeks, Phase 4 of the Roadmap, which includes Hairdressing and Barbers, is presently scheduled for the 20th July 2020. It is acknowledged that there is also an ongoing possibility that restrictions could be re-imposed and this process will be carried out on an ongoing basis once every 3 weeks.
However caution must be advised that even if everything goes to the Roadmap – this will not be an immediate green light to back to normal – it will be a gradual easing of the restrictions.
There are two parts of phase 4 which should be noted in particular for our industry:
- 4. Economic Activity (Work)
- 5. Retail, Personal Services and Commercial Activities
|4. Economic Activity (Work) |
Applying a risk-based return to onsite working:
– Organisations where employees cannot remote work to be considered first for return to onsite working arrangements.
– Depending on business, shift work, staggered hours etc should be operated to increase % of workforce available for work in any 24-hour period, as long as they can limit the number of workers interacting with each other.
– Continue to maintain remote working for all workers / businesses that can do so.
|5. Retail, Personal Services and Commercial Activities |
Applying a risk-based approach:
– Commence loosening restrictions on higher risk services involving direct physical contact for periods of time between people and for which there is a population-wide demand (e.g. hairdressers, barbers).
Now that we have clarity on when we can all return to work, The Hairdressing Council continues to lobby and represent its members as we seek to how we get back to work.