“If I don’t die of Covid, I’m starving. So that’s enough: I’ll reopen”. Giovanna Toriaco, a 57-year-old hairdresser owner of the ‘Soulstyle di Giò’ studio in via Medaglie d’oro in Faenza, is exhausted. The entrepreneur on Wednesday decided to go against the closure imposed by the anticovid regulations and to reopen her salon to customers.
“My battle, in reality, was born from the request of the mother of one of my clients, an autistic boy – Giovanna explains – Being autistic he is very habitual, he always came to me to cut his hair, he always sits in the same place etc. His sister has tried in recent months to propose to him to cut his hair, but he said no, that he would only have it cut by me. His family also asked me to be able to go and cut them at home, but I said no: I feel safer in my shop where I disinfect everything and I don’t want to be like my abusive colleagues who go to crease at home. So on Wednesday the boy came to the shop and I cut his hair: it was beautiful, he was very happy “.
So the hairdresser, in the last two days, has started receiving customers in her shop. “I felt alive again, and they are delighted to be able to finally return to the store – she says – Not only that: after the news of my opening spread, many people contacted me asking me to become new customers. beautiful thing. I made a lot of cuts, the colors still not because it takes a long time and people would be afraid. For now I have not received checks, but if they should fine me or my clients I will appeal everything to my lawyer and, in the worst case scenario , I will pay the fine to the customers myself. It is not clear that for some people going to the hairdresser is a necessity: I have clients who have physical problems, one in the back, one in the shoulder, a woman has had breast surgery and cannot raise her arms to dry her hair. How do these people do it? Do they have to stay with dirty hair for months? For example, I myself have back problems and I can no longer bend over to cut my toenails, and I am alone at home: what should I do, contact an abusive beautician? “.
The 57-year-old is desperate: “I respect the sick and dead of Covid, a year ago I was one of the first to close in Faenza, even before the closure was imposed on us. But if I don’t die of Covid, I’ll starve. to set aside 2000 euros: then I paid the mortgage on the house, the rent of the shop, the taxes … I have 50 euros left in my pocket. I had to leave my employee at home because I was no longer in it. What should I do, tie myself in front of the Town Hall? On Monday I received a new mortgage payment: how do I pay it? And how do I pay the rent for the salon? I have not even received relief from the government, because I have not had the minimum decrease in turnover of 30% … But I have to eat! I don’t want money from the state, I just want to work. If they take my job off, I can’t eat anymore. I live for my job: I’m a lonely person, and I’m fine alone, but the shop is everything to me, so I decided to come to the shop every day and keep the shutter up. Many hairdressers go to homes: I have not done it and I do not want to do it, because I am not an abusive. I pay my taxes and I am in good standing, I don’t want to feel like a thug in my shop. This is not life, we must stand up and claim our rights “.