German police bust cellar hairdressers

Police officers wear face masks, pictured on the sidelines of a protest action of gastronomers wears a face mask in the colors of Bavaria and depicting former Bavarian King Ludwig II at the Odeonsplatz square in Munich, southern Germany, on April 24, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP)
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Updated 25 April 2020

German police bust cellar hairdressers

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Finding the perfect fringe during these times of confinement may prove to be an expensive gamble after German police went underground to uncover two makeshift hairdressing salons on Saturday.
When the officers arrived at the salons, carefully installed in the cellars of two private houses, “people were having their hair done,” local police said in a statement.
Two people were waiting for a cut in Elsenfeld and another in a cellar in Momlingen, according to the German agency DPA, which claims that “the salons were professionally equipped.”
Police have opened investigations for non-compliance with lockdown measures which, in Bavaria, are among the strictest in Germany.
Under the rules set down at the end of March when confinement started, leaving home without “valid reason” is punishable by a fine of 150 euros.
Hair salons, closed like other businesses considered non-essential, however, will begin to reopen from May 4 in the country as part of a gradual deconfinement.


Silent but cheerful, mannequins enforce social distancing at Tokyo bar

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Silent but cheerful, mannequins enforce social distancing at Tokyo bar

  • Tokyo recently began to ease restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

TOKYO: They may not be helping out with chants but complete with cheerleader uniforms and pom-poms, mannequins at one Tokyo bar are helping keep customers a safe — and cheerful — distance apart.
Tokyo recently began to ease restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a respite for bars and restaurants dependent on the city’s normally thriving nightlife even if customers are not yet back in full force.
“Our restaurant looked very empty and we wanted to add more excitement,” said Arata Funabara, owner of Cheers One, a cheerleading-themed bar in the capital’s upscale Ginza district which counts both women and men among its clientele.
Other safety measures include face shields and gloves for the bar’s cheerleader waitresses who perform karaoke songs on request. The shields and gloves are also on offer for patrons.
Waitress Chinatsu Fujii said the mannequins made for a safer work environment.
“It takes a bit of getting used to but it’s reassuring that they are here and I think of them of workmates,” she said.
Japan has recorded some 17,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 900 deaths.