To demonstrate their commitment against COVID-19, some barbers in China have begun offering “long-distance” haircuts to customers fearful of contracting the disease — and to protect themselves as well.
In videos that have gone viral on Douyin — China’s version of TikTok — barbers can be seen using their tools attached at the end of long sticks, clearly showing some next-level dexterity.
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One popular post shows a pair of barbers from a salon in Luzhou, Sichuan province using the improvised tools on their customers.
“Although the lockdown is finished, we still need to keep some distance to stay safe,” hairstylist He Bing captioned the video, according to the Daily Mail.
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While some may find the technique amusing, it attempts to follow an official guideline of maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the customer.
Despite such a “long distance,” the barbers provide services like any normal day, including combing, trimming and even washing.
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For one, the salon where He Bing works actually offers services based on the customers’ requirements, according to the South China Morning Post.
Weibo users have since lauded the barbers, with one commenting, “When they’re skilled enough, they can try their hand at endoscopic surgery.”
This is a “long-distance haircut”, designed to make customers feel safe amid the coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/3gjN8RNgFu
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The videos have since made their way to Twitter, drawing the similar reactions of amazement and wonder from viewers.
“‘Long-distance haircuts.’ They want to protect themselves and help their customers feel safer. Good initiative,” one user commented.
“Long-distance haircuts.” They want to protect themselves and help their customers feel safer. Good initiative. #COVID19
Merci, Dear JB @jblefevre60
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As of Thursday, China has recorded at least 80,000 cases of COVID-19, more than 3,000 of which resulted in deaths, according to AFP.