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Lockdown Bites Hard Salon Business in Lira

The operators argue that the ban on transport has affected the movement of their clients. In some salons, the workers have been laid off due to low business.
26 Jul 2021 15:45

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Salon operators in Lira City are registering a decline in the number of clients due to the covid-19 lockdown.

Last month, President Museveni announced several measures including the closure of schools, suspension of religious gatherings and transport between districts, for 42 days to contain the spread of covid-19. 

The operators argue that the ban on transport has affected the movement of their clients. In some salons, the workers have been laid off due to low business.

In most high-end salons in the City, the number of customers has dropped from as many as 40 to about 10 in a day while in the smaller salons, they are not registering a single customer.

At City Moments Salon and Spa along Oyite-Ojok lane, the number of customers has dropped from 90 to less than 40 customers in a day. 

Winnie Akullo, the acting manager of the salon says they can serve a few of their customers who reside within Lira City while those outside Lira can't access their services.

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Monica Nyanga, a hair-dresser at Hair by Racho salon says that when the lockdown was announced, the day passes without any client, unlike in the past when she used to attend to 4 to 6 customers.

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Denzy Ntahondi, an operator at Denzy Salon who specialized in dreadlocks says life is hard and risks losing his business to the landlord.

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Rachael Omiat another salon operator is worried about rent. She wants the government to intervene and rescue their businesses.

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George Ogwal, manager of Eden Touch Salon which would serve over 50 customers in a day before the lockdown says they have been forced to lay off 8 out of 12 staff because the number of customers has greatly reduced.

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