Coiffeur Piero Della Vecchia (50) is in his salon in Winterthur ZH when BLICK visits him. No light is on. The six barber chairs are empty. Della Vecchia is sitting on one of them. With sagging shoulders and a sad look. The native Neapolitan offers an espresso. This takes a while. The coffee machine has been standing still for as long as the salon. Since the Federal Council’s decision of March 16.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out that we had to close,” he says. “I’ve hardly slept since then.” He is overwhelmed with all the administrative stuff. “Fortunately, I have a trustee who does this for me,” he says. Short-time working was requested for the two employees. For Della Vecchia yesterday an emergency loan of CHF 30,000. But the Figaro remains skeptical. “Even if I can get back to work at some point, how should I repay the loan to my bank?”
It will be tight in April
He was still able to transfer the March wages. “But in April I don’t know how to pay rent and wages,” he says. “I only have financial reserves for a month.” After all, the landlord has accommodated him. “Instead of CHF 1,500, I only have to pay CHF 1,250,” says Della Vecchia, who has been running his salon since 2011. He remains at other fixed costs. He had just bought various care products for CHF 1,700.
He has no professional alternatives. «I’ve been a hairdresser for 32 years. Scissors and hairdryers are my passion, »he says. The father of two teenagers is also worried about his family. “It hurts when my sons see their father sitting in front of the TV for hours.” The family is also afraid of existence. The mother works part-time as a caretaker. “She earns 1200 francs a month. How should we live from it? »
“I lack contact with customers”
He was bored. He wanted to work. «I lack contact with customers, a chat here, a joke there. That is the beauty of my job. » He serves 18 customers on an average day. There are 30 in the entire salon. Now they all stay away. “I would have to support the family with my job,” said Della Vecchio.
He has already received offers from regular customers, but he should come over for a coffee and then quickly clean his neck. Della Vecchia strictly rejects this. “Illegal work is illegal. I am also afraid of catching the virus, »he says.
The hobby breeder finds some distraction in his birds. «I have an aviary with 40 canaries. I take care of them intensively, otherwise I would go crazy, »he says and takes the last sip of the long-cold espresso.