A third of Indian barbers shut down after multiple lockdowns

Elill Easwaran

Operation costs for barbershops have increased as they now have to purchase personal protective gear and sanitising equipment to comply with Covid-19 standard operating procedure. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 19, 2021.

BARBERSHOPS in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur can now operate after both regions moved into phase 2 of the Covid-19 National Recovery Plan, but this has come too late for about a third of Indian barbers in the Klang Valley who have already closed down.

The string of lockdowns since March last year had left them no choice, Malaysian Indian Barber Owners’ Association vice-treasurer Meenaq Kumar said.

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