“I used to earn around 300–400 THB before the pandemic, and this was enough to feed my family. In the current context, days go by where I have no income at all,” says Mr. Somkiat Tungengtaracharoen, who owns a single-seat barber shop called Kiat Barber.
Ms. Kanyawee Yoochaipatarawasin is another salon owner in Soi Pathonyothin 52. She says, “The pandemic has had a great impact on hairdressers like us — I have some friends who went out of business.”
The current pandemic has seriously impacted all forms of work, and those in the informal sector or small businesses are particularly susceptible to the wrath of the virus. For the many small barbers and hairdressers in Thailand, the consequences of the pandemic have translated to reduced income or even a loss of job. “My customers have greatly decreased after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mr. Anusit Pantip who is a hairdresser and owns a barber shop in Phuket. He says his job involves close contact with the customers on a daily basis, and so, undoubtedly, a lot of things have changed in the current pandemic world.
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