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Owners say barbers, restaurants will lose money under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

Anchor barber shop barber Jacob Utera, left, and owner Tamim Tamim clean and tidy the store and equipment preparing to reopen on Alert Level 2 on Wednesday.

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Anchor barber shop barber Jacob Utera, left, and owner Tamim Tamim clean and tidy the store and equipment preparing to reopen on Alert Level 2 on Wednesday.

MANAWAT – Business owners, following strict rules under Alert Level 2, say restrictions will reduce revenue because fewer customers come to their doors.

The new Level 2, which came into effect on Wednesday, halved the number of people allowed indoors to 50, doubled the social distance inside the house to 2 meters, and made masks mandatory in many places.

Tamim Tamim, owner of Anchor Barber Shop, said the social distance meant that only 10 people could be in the Palmerston North Shop, and since five of them would be staff, the number of people they had one day was reduced. I could see.

“Demand was high at the same time, the anchor was already fully booked by Sunday and appointments were ongoing,” he said.

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Tamim said strict rules made it difficult for businesses to make money, even in the face of high demand, but felt they were necessary.

The mandatory mask was the biggest challenge for hairdressers and barbers, he said.

“It can get in the way while doing edges, or cutting edges. And what if you get people with mustaches and beards?”

Since there were no clear guidelines, Tamim decided to adopt a common sense approach and move the strap or mask as needed, but keep it in place as much as possible to help the client.

Darrell McLaughlin, owner of Flex Fitness Palmerston North, said the transition between alert levels was relatively smooth because Jim had a lot of needs in between lockdowns.

“We’re glad to reopen, and I know our members were scratching to get back to the gym.”

Daryl and Kelsey McLaughlin set up spaces and barriers between devices at their gym, Flex Fitness, in Palmerston North.

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Daryl and Kelsey McLaughlin set up spaces and barriers between devices at their gym, Flex Fitness, in Palmerston North.

McLaughlin said the biggest difference this time around is that fewer machines are available, due to the need for extra distance.

Flex staff spent four hours Tuesday complying with everything, and keeping lesser-known machines away from obstacles to further isolate the various stations.

McLaughlin said the mask mandate could also cause some confusion with gym users.

Some may not know while Government directives They need to be worn while walking around the gym, they can be taken off during exercise.

Rackroom owner Brendan Renee said the fielding gym was set up under normal conditions with ample space and limited equipment.

“Classes will be our biggest problem, because there are 20 people in each of them.”

Renee said staff had to plan classes carefully to minimize overlap when they were changing, so people could get out without having to approach other gym users.

Sri Nair, the owner of the arranged wedding, said there was no point in opening an Indian restaurant with a limit of 50 people.

The government made the right decision by making a tough decision. [because of the Delta variant], But it will be difficult for us.

Nair said the main reason the arranged wedding opened anyway was to keep customers and staff employed.

We need to be open to taking care of our staff, we can’t leave anyone behind.

Although Nair prides itself on welcoming customers, the restaurant will have a strict booking system for practical reasons, with bookings limited to around one hour.

Nair said the restaurant had to make the most of the low capacity, especially as the cost of some ingredients and supplies increased during epidemics, disrupted supply lines or increased demand.

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