By Miriam Kerins
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a major upheaval for many SMEs. Roscommon town based Luxstyle, a sunbed and beauty salon, is one of hundreds of SMEs in Co. Roscommon that have been badly affected. I caught up with owner Magdalena Klimczak to find out how she plans to reboot, reset and recalibrate her Church Street business.
Your business has been hard hit by these restrictions…how are you coping?
I had to close the salon because I can’t work. It’s that simple. I would like to open up again because I am getting the Covid payment, but I want to earn my own living, I don’t want to be living off the government, but that’s not possible at the moment.
Under the government’s plans, you’ll be able to reopen at phase 4, i.e. July 20th; how does that make you feel?
I would really like to be able to open earlier. I can take precautions, and I can allow only one client at a time into the salon. My staff will use masks and gloves and the client can use a mask too.
What other precautions can you take?
I can arrange my workstations so that we can make sure everyone keeps their two-metre social distance from each other, and of course while we always fully sterilise and sanitise our equipment and work stations. I will take extra advice and precautions and extra measures regarding this. I will do whatever is necessary to keep clients and staff safe.
Having implemented these precautionary measures, in your opinion, when would you be ready to reopen?
Oh I could open at the end of May or beginning of June. 20th July is too late. I want to work; I want to earn my own money. I don’t want to take money from the government.
Some beauty treatments can’t be carried out at a distance of two metres, and sunbed protocols would be pretty difficult (I’d imagine) to adhere to…
Oh we probably couldn’t open up our sunbeds just yet. I always take extra measures with our sunbeds at all times, even before this coronavirus. It’s very important. After each client, the sunbeds are always fully disinfected with an antibacterial and an antiviral cleaner, etc. Also, there are other treatments that are pretty much face to face, for example eyebrows and lash treatments, and of course extra precautions would need to be put in place for these, and we will take those precautions for our clients; but we can do nails and pedicures using masks for clients and masks and gloves for the staff, and by only allowing one client at a time into the salon. I am missing my clients so much and I am missing earning my own money; I would like to reopen my business.