(March 17 2020)
For Spa Salon Owners and Independent Contractors.
We need to rally together to cancel all non essential service’s. Were being told social distancing is at most importance and it has impacted many industry’s. The beauty industry is a hands on / face to face industry that is extremely high risk and nonessential. Because of most of our business is touch therapies and we are in such close contact with our clients all salon/spa owners, independent aestheticians, cosmetologists, nail technicians, massage therapist, eyelash technicians stylist, Yoga Instructors and so many more are putting people more at risk each day these type of business stay open. In out community we were on of the first who made this extremely hard decision of stoping all non-essential services.
Many people in this industry are self-employed, meaning we don’t have axes to sick leave and rely on clients booking appointments to produce revenue to pay both business and personal bills. When closing the doors to a business like ours many will not be able to stay a float and we are not entitled to help at this time.
Without a plan in place many business will struggle with the Decision to apply social distancing. Some may need to remain open causing more harm than good because we have no other resources, or face a risk of possibly permanent closer & consider that potential bankruptcy may be ahead for us.
I’m know this is something that has to be considered when making our decisions in the upcoming days.
In my situation I am an oncology aesthetician and spend my business welcoming clients who are in treatment. There are many trained in this area. That means we have many clients coming through our doors who are Immuno compromised. These women are at the highest risk for catching airborne or surface transitions. Im most worried about unknowingly carrying COVID-19, and passing it on to an entire clientele prior to showing any signs or symptoms as most of our clients are traveling or have already traveled. We have regulations in place to be of the utmost highest levels of health & sanitation we also do screen clients to see if They have been away. but that doesn’t seam to be enough to keep them out of the salon. Just yesterday we had found out after there appointments that two of our clients had been out of the country after already being asked. We Also have a pregnant employee who we would also like to protect and we are finding it imposable to follow the guidelines of social distancing in this industry. Just to name a few service’s that Close contact is unavoidable in:
Facials- face to face as well as hands on face.
Hair – face to face & hands on service
Manicures – hands on hands
Massage – full body contact
Lash extensions lash lifts & tint- hands on forehead. Face to face 1hr or more.
As well as tools in eye area
Makeup – face to face as well as makeup brushes on face
Our aesthetics and salon industry has a very high risk of cross contamination on a good day and this has always been a concern in the industry and we do our very best to keep our standards as high as posable Especially those in oncology aesthetics but in this situation the risk seams just to high! Aesthetics’s have no governing body like most industry’s. The Collage Of Massage Therapist last night advised to pause on non-essential services. The College of chiropractors also advised to stop all non-essential services the College of obstetricians advised to stop all nonessential essential services. If we follow these guide lines & as much as I would love to believe we are important the fact is that we would be considered a non-essential service. Not many spas have access to this information from the College of massage therapists, optometrist and chiropractors-of Ontario. unless they have them as members of there staff.
The spa and salon world would be considered under this category of a non-essential service. Having been in this industry as a second generation cosmetologist we are a well known spa, yesterday I was contacted by multiple other spas and salons wondering what we were going to do. It’s hard to give advice when we’re not sure as well and everyone’s in such different economical situations. Everyone is scared of the outcome of not being able to pay the rent mortgage and business expenses in order to keep their selves, clients, staff family’s healthy. At this point Its in our communities best interest to turn to you for guidance regarding our industry direction. My hope is that this letter will land in the right direction as well as to our health minister to advise them of the high risk this touch industry may have in spreading the virus. Please help us to ask for some sort of plan of financial assistance/approved sick leave in order for us to implement the governments request of social distancing and for the workers who are off with there children. This is needed immediately for those who do not work as paid employees and not eligible for regular EI sick leave benefits. please go to our face book page The Beauty Barn Spa to sign this petition & help us get this health risk point across. With government support other business who are struggling to make the proper decisions at this time. The safety of our country is in the governments hands to prevent this change of transmission.
Corrie Gallant – The Beauty Barn Spa
UPDATE (March 18th)
Good Morning Everyone
I wanted to take a second to thank each and every one of you who took the time to sign my petition for small business. If you haven’t already please share with anyone in the industry or on your social networking pages as well its important for all small business and self employed workers across the board at this time.
On a positive note you’ll be happy to here my letter to our MP Phil McColman was reached and I was happy to receive a reply. Im sure this is a crazy time for him and its nice to know our voices are being heard. He thanked me for the letter and stated that Canadians are rightly concerned and that our government is working closely with our provinces and territories to ensure supports are available.
He did send some current options that have been put in place so far as of March 13 2020: – Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) To support financing in the private sector through the business development bank of Canada (BDC) and the Export Development Canada (EDC) The current options are Small Business loans up to $100000. Working capital loans for over $100000. Purchase order financing loans to fulfill domestic or international orders. If anyone needs more information they can go onto the governments website and it will all be detailed there. also you may want to monitor www.canada.ca/coronvirus for any future updates.
The part of the letter that made my heart happy was when he stated that he took the liberty to share our concerns and and suggestions in regards to the health and wellbeing of clients staff and the spread of this virus from touch therapies with his provincial counterpart. We are doing our part to contain this by closing our doors lets hope they can see the struggle for other business and help everyone make the right decision to keep our country safe. Our message is on its way and its been noticed.
Ive also here’d through social media that our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be announcing a plan to help small business this week if not today lets stay tuned, rally together and keep our fingers crossed.
Thank you again for all the love and support.
Corrie Gallant – The Beauty Barn Spa
Spa / Salon Owner & Oncology Aesthetician
Brantford, Ontario, Canada