Restrictions could signal end for salon
A desperate salon owner has said her business will not survive the tighter restrictions that have come into force in Dublin.
The capital was moved to 'risk level three' on Friday in response to the dramatic spike in coronavirus cases.
Putting Dublin on a localised lockdown, indoor restaurant dining is now banned and residents are being advised against all non-essential travel.
Ciara Gaynor (38), who owns Redz Hair & Beauty Salon in Lucan, Co. Dublin, has said the new restrictions will make it impossible to keep her business afloat.
Already €10,000 in debt due to rent arrears that were accrued during the lockdown that started in March, the mum-of-three has been dealt a further blow now that Dublin has moved to Level Three.
"We opened back up on June 26 owing ten grand of rent and we have had no breaks. Our shop is owned by a vulture fund and I was told during lockdown that if I didn't open back up I would be liable for the remaining four years on the lease, which would be about €50,000. The staff have been cut down to two days a week and I am working six days a week and I can't afford to pay myself a wage."
The announcement that Communions and Confirmations are now cancelled, and pubs and restaurants will remain closed has left the businesswoman reeling.
"Now the Communions and Confirmations are not going ahead that's another 20 to 30 cancellations on just one day and that doesn't even include the lead up to it because people will now be cancelling their colour appointments.
"We spend Saturday afternoon walking around the shop looking at each other because nobody is going anywhere.
"I put screens in, we have sanitation stations. I put money in with no assistance to do everything I had to do in order to open back up. I don't know who to turn to now, I feel like I am on my own. There was no help given to us or any assistance given to us.
"I understand how heartbreaking it is for people who have to close again, but at least they can go back on the Covid payment. There is nobody out there that is going to give me help because as far as they are concerned they are not closing me down. I just don't think we will be able to survive for another month."
Couples who are due to tie the knot have also been left scrambling now that the attendance at weddings has been capped at 25 guests.
For Declan Comiskey and his partner Kate, who are due to be married on Tuesday there are huge question marks surrounding their big day.
Declan (31) said: "I just had a phone-call off my parents to say that they might not make it on Tuesday because they live in Dublin and our wedding is taking place in Ratoath, in Meath. They would never break the restrictions; they live on the border in Clonee but they drive back into Dublin by about 200 to 300 yards - but the Government is advising against non-essential travel. They are broken-hearted."
Having already pushed back their celebration to next March, the couple planned an intimate ceremony with family and friends in Ratoath.
"We were planning a meal for about 40 to 45 people across the road afterwards. It's so frustrating because you can travel anywhere on the green list but you can't travel ten minutes over the border to Meath."
pressure: Hairdressers struggling with Level Three