“Day 1 of the month and see how we are.” Andrés Enrique, one of the partners of the Iman hairdresser in the center of Madrid, points around him. All the dressers are empty this Monday afternoon. There is only one client in the room, in the toilets. “Today we have had three clients all day.” The virus has spread strongly in the third wave of COVID-19 and its effects are also being felt in the economy. Many small companies, after more than ten months of pandemic, are with the water to the neck. “There is a time when you can’t take more expenses. You have to give the electricity, the heating has to be on for the clients who come … You no longer know where to get the money,” explains the hairdresser.
Five charts summarizing job destruction due to pandemic in 2020