Beauty bounces back | Dhaka Tribune

How are salons adapting to working in a pandemic

In order to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, many salons have been closed around the world, and Dhaka, has been no exception. Recently however, hairdressers and salons have reopened, following proper safety measures and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while providing services to the customers. 

We spoke to Navin Ahmed, owner at Gala Makeover Studio & Salon, regarding how they have been operating in these Covid times. The salon went into operation from July 15, taking in limited clients on an appointment basis, only at their Gulshan-1 branch, after almost four months of a Covid-19 induced lockdown.

“The nature of our work is intricately related to personal care and hygiene. Today, reducing the transmission of coronavirus, and adopting safety measures through appropriate standard operating procedures is the biggest mandate of Gala Makeover Studio and Salon,” said Navin. 

As a responsible citizen of the country, and salon owner, Navin Ahmed feels that it is her duty to set her business to higher safety standards and scientific precision, in order to ensure welfare of her customers. 

Gala Makeover Studio & Salon has been maintaining a clients’ database with medical and travel history for appointments. Disinfectant tunnels have been installed — outdoor shoes of the customers are sanitized at the entrance, temperature check, changing shoes to their clean spa sandals, safety gear like gloves and masks for both the staff and our clients, PPEs for the staff members, non-cash payments, sterilizing tools and instruments after each individual service, deep sanitization of salon floors and furniture at regular intervals — this is the new norm at Gala now. 

“Our 7,000 square feet of space on two floors provide ample conditions for social distancing. At Gala, we set our standards even higher for your wellbeing,” added Navin.

Rose Beauty Parlour in the capital’s Lalmatia area is one such salon where all the staff members wear appropriate protective equipment and maintain good hygiene practices. Maria Siddiqui, who is in charge of the salon, said they ensure the safety of the customers by wearing PPE suits and using all possible safety measures, in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.

“We regularly disinfect all the surfaces and equipment,” she said. She added that the measures they have taken must have helped immensely to restore customers’ confidence because more and more people are returning to their salon now.

Rukhsana Farid, a customer, said that while her home is near the salon, she was reluctant to visit the place due to concerns about the coronavirus. “It’s scary to come to a salon during this Covid-19 situation and I was hesitant as to whether to come or not, during such a crisis,” she said.

Rukhsana was happy with the services they are providing, especially with all the precautionary measures. “When I saw that they were running the salon with all the necessary Covid-19 preventive measures, I felt confident to return,” said the customer.

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10-16 High school football roundup: Lewiston-Altura bounces back in dominating fashion | High School

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Rushford-Peterson’s Tommy Ekern (88) runs away from two Randolph defenders during Friday night football action in Rushford on October 16th, 2020.

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LEWISTON — The Lewiston-Altura High School football team forced four turnovers and averaged over eight yards per rush, as they bounced back from a Week 1 loss in a big way with a dominating 53-6 victory over Goodhue Friday night. 

Quarterback Caleb Mueller completed 5 of 8 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for two scores. Collin Bonow paced the rushing attack, tallying 149 yards rushing and a 28-yard touchdown. Nicholas Brand finished with an efficient 76 yards rushing on six carries, including touchdown runs of 4- and 49-yards in the fourth quarter. 

Carter Jonsgaard scored the first touchdown of the game on a 11-yard run in the first quarter. As a team, the Cardinals finished with 451 total yards with 368 coming on the ground. 

Defensively, the Cardinals (1-1) picked off Goodhue quarterback Will Opsahl three times with Bonow collecting two of them. Goodhue was also just 1-for-12 on third downs and 3 of 6 on fourth downs. 

The Cardinals will be back in action 7 p.m. Friday when they host the defending MSHSL Class 1A state champions Blooming Prairie.

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Randolph 32, Rushford-Peterson 22

RUSHFORD — After the Trojans took a 6-0 lead, the Rockets scored 22 unanswered points to hand Rushford-Peterson their second straight defeat. 

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