The beauty industry decided to appeal to the Constitutional Court

The Latvian Association of Beauty Industry Professionals and the Latvian Association of Cosmetologists, seeing no more opportunities to achieve equal treatment of themselves through negotiations, decided to appeal to the Constitutional Court, according to a statement released by the associations.

Currently, together with lawyers, the preparation of the necessary documents has already begun. At the same time, the associations will appeal to the Competition Council, pointing to the creation of distorting conditions, since it is not clear to the industry why cosmetic services are provided by large medical institutions bypassing the ban, but are prohibited by specialists with similar qualifications in beauty salons and private practices, the presidents said in a statement. associations Sabine Ulberte and Renate Rainson.

The statement says that in accordance with the order of the Cabinet of Ministers, from November 9, 2020, the country has declared a state of emergency prohibiting beauty services. Currently, the state of emergency has been extended until April 6, 2021, that is, the ban has been in effect for three months.

Beauty industry professionals have already been hit before since the pandemic began in March 2020. Within 11 months, their activities were either completely discontinued or they had to work under severe restrictions, which led to unequal and unfair treatment.

It has also resulted in the long-term deprivation of adequate livelihoods for women workers in the industry, including single mothers, as the average downtime benefit in the beauty industry did not exceed € 300 in November and December 2020.

The decision to ban the provision of beauty services was made without negotiations and consultations with industry representatives, without assessing the situation and experience gained during the state of emergency last spring, without the opportunity for the industry to defend its views and proposals on how to organize the work.

“Since most beauty professionals have opted for a patent fee or are self-employed, they cannot take paid leave or sick leave, nor can they receive other benefits during a state of emergency. Obviously, it was naive to expect and hope that our government will understand and protect specialists in the beauty industry and their right to a dignified life, so there is no reason to wait and hope further, ”the statement said.

As previously reported in the Ministry of Economy, the issue of resuming the most essential cosmetic services is currently being discussed. This week, the ministry will discuss the prepared proposals with representatives of the beauty industry, and will present them to the government next week.

As previously stated by the president of the Latvian Association of Cosmetologists Renate Reinsone, the association does not agree with the point of view of the Ministry of Health that only hairdressing and manicure services should be resumed.

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