Consumers should expect to pay more

Les consommateurs doivent s’attendre à payer plus cher

Hair salon, dentist, personal care, and even grocery store : several services and products now cost more costly for Quebec, a side-effect of the pandemic.

Professionals and traders have confirmed to the Newspaper have to raise their prices to cover the costs related to sanitary measures.

This new reality is already reflected on the invoice of the customers. For example, to Clinique dentaire Anne Bédard, Saint-Hyacinthe, in the Montérégie region, it adds $ 15 for a consultation with a hygienist, and $ 30 for one with a dentist.

“The new standards imposed by the public Health require significant investments in each dental clinic. To offset a portion of these expenses, an additional amount as reasonable may be charged to the patient, ” explains Dr. Carl Tremblay, president of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec.

The Association of optometrists, confirmed that he had recommended to its members an increase of $ 10 for similar reasons.

“The Association makes suggestions to guide the optometrists, but they can follow them or not “, stresses, however, its president, Guillaume Fortin.

Personal care

Many hair salons refileront also a part of this “tax COVID” to their customers.

“I take less appointments per day as to not flood the waiting room. I leave 20 minutes between each one to disinfect. There are also all the new equipment to buy, like capes, masks, and cleaning products “, explained Julie Demers, a hairdresser at the Salon VOG in St-Hyacinthe.

“All the professional care personal will have to increase their prices in order to buy the gowns, the gloves, the hand sanitizer, and because they can no longer see as many clients in a day,” says Nicole Lussier, owner of the clinic, Objective health, well-being, located in the city maskoutaine.

Grooming and grocery shopping

The price of pet grooming may also increase, as will be the case at the salon Grooming Izanimo, in Drummondville, in the Centre-du-Québec.

“I don’t have the choice. I need to put more time per dog and take less at a time, ” explains the owner Isabelle Bergeron.

The grocery basket already costs more expensive.

“The rate of food inflation (3.4 per cent) is four times higher than the general rate of inflation (-0,2 %) in Canada. It appears in the shopping cart, ” underlines Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Laboratory of analytical sciences in agribusiness of the Faculty of agriculture of Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia.

According to his forecasts, the price of beef, pork and chicken is expected to increase up to 8, 5 and 3 % this year.

“We believe that prices will increase over the next two or three years,” he says.

The middle of the restore will engage in a price war to the opening, but the bill will also be higher by 2021, according to Mr. Charlebois.

– With Cédérick Caron and Catherine Genest, QMI Agency

The queue in the barber shop

The owners of the salon Folio Salon, chemin Saint-Louis, Quebec, were eager to start again !

They have re-launched their activities in large, taking up the scissors, starting at midnight, Monday. Red carpet and balloons were waiting for the customers for a real marathon of hairstyle that lasted 16 h.

The hairdresser Hamash (photo) has also welcomed its first customer to 0 h 1, yesterday. “It was symbolic,” says the hairdresser, stating in the same breath that he has not worked all night.

He returned to the job yesterday morning with the new standards imposed by the public health. He now works with a power of appointment in order to be able to comply with hygiene standards.

— Catherine Bouchard

Hairdressers at the post starting at midnight

The owners of the salon Folio Salon, chemin Saint-Louis, Quebec, were eager to start again !

They have re-launched their activities in large, taking up the scissors, starting at midnight, Monday. Red carpet and balloons were waiting for the customers for a real marathon of hairstyle that lasted 16 h.

The hairdresser Hamash (photo) has also welcomed its first customer to 0 h 1, yesterday. “It was symbolic,” says the hairdresser, stating in the same breath that he has not worked all night.

He returned to the job yesterday morning with the new standards imposed by the public health. He now works with a power of appointment in order to be able to comply with hygiene standards.

— Catherine Bouchard

A “discount health”

If some traders have taken the decision to add a “fresh” health to their bills, some as TPM Hobby & Collection, at Fleur-de-Lys, have done completely the opposite.

The customers that come now in the store with a mask on the face will offer a discount of one dollar on the products they will buy.

“I offer this small promotion to make [the necessary measures] less burdensome. We don’t want to disgust the world, they are not obliged to have one. But it is a small additional incentive to be supportive, ” explains the owner of the establishment, Jean-Pierre Samson (photo).

— Jérémy Bernier

Not all open

A week ago, the government Legault has announced that the shops of the shopping centers could reopen their doors as of yesterday. However, several had still “closed” yesterday.

Fleur de Lys, we talk about 70 % of the stores that are open, while the Place Ste-Foy, we are talking about 65 % of the shops that are operational. Galleries of the Capital, it is estimated this figure at over 55 %.

“Some shops need a little more time to prepare their inventory, do the housework, to remind their employees or to introduce new health measures,” says Donald Larose, general manager of Laurier Quebec and Place Ste-Foy.

The different institutions show a ridership of 70 % to 80% compared to a Monday prépandémie ordinary.

— Jérémy Bernier

Finished the loitering

The re-opening of their shops, the traders have noticed a trend in particular : the customers do more shopping.

Many are doing research on what they want to on the web before showing up on site.

“The conversion rate is really on the rise. There are fewer undecided, loitering or reflection. People come and know what they need. It’s called a shopping effective, ” says Jonathan Trudel (photo), co-owner of Fleur de Lys.

“We feel that this is not the same as before. It is targeted directly to what you want before going to the store “, confirms Yves Morissette, who went to the Simons Galleries in the Capital with his wife.

— Jérémy Bernier

The physios are in demand

Injury from poor posture at home and resumption of the sports require, the physiotherapists in the province have resumed work yesterday.

“We feel the craze, the phone rings. It is seen that the back pain of telework are present as well, ” says Gilles Courchesne, clinics NCP Physio.

The requirements of the government health challenge in the task to professionals.

“The requirements have changed last Wednesday. We request to change the protective equipment between each patient, so we had to rearrange our orders, ” explains Mr. Courchesne, recalling how the equipment are difficult to find.

Even the sound of a bell at Groupe Novaction, where one operates at 40 % capacity. “You don’t see a client at the time, and we must stagger appointments so that there’s less people in the clinic. It evaluates the possibility of doing 6-day weeks, ” says the owner Steeve Lavoie.

— Pierre-Paul Biron

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