“People are in need,” Driton Kameri, a 33-year-old with a scruffy beard and fedora told AFP, after gearing up for one of his home visits.
“You can shut down hairdressers but you cannot order hair not to grow. It needs to be cut regularly,” he added.
Like most other businesses in Pristina, Kameri’s hair salon was closed under measures to halt the spread of the virus in Kosovo, where six people have died and more than 200 infections have been recorded.
“The virus has no legs. Please, do not give it any,” the Institute for Public Health has begged, with warnings the country’s health system could buckle under a major outbreak.
In the name of keeping up appearances, however, Kameri has decided to save his customers from attempts to buzz their own hair at home.
Now he is making house calls – though he does the trimming outdoors to minimise the risks.
“I’m not going anywhere without disinfectants, my facemask and gloves. Before I take scissors and comb in my hand, I disinfect my clients completely from head to toe,” he told AFP.