The coronavirus pandemic has affected many businesses, and those run by celebrities are not spared either.
Taiwanese actor-director Peter Ho will close his spa in late June due to a huge drop in the number of customers.
Ho, 44, opened Hydro Mode, which offers facial and massage services, to great fanfare in November 2016. He is a majority shareholder of the spa.
Ho is known for playing swordsman Yan Shisan in the film Sword Master (2016), which was directed by Derek Yee and based on late martial arts novelist Gu Long's novel Sword Of The Third Young Master. He has also starred in Chinese TV series Three Kingdoms (2010) and the romantic movie The Truth About Jane And Sam (1999) with Singaporean actress Fann Wong.
He has focused on directing in recent years and is currently helming the mystery series Who's By Your Side, which stars Vivian Hsu, Kaiser Chuang and Janine Chang.
Ho's wife Peggy Lin is currently running the spa business.
At its peak, the spa counts celebrities, businessmen and politicians among its customers, and even foreigners signed upas members. It is said to have an average monthly turnover of more than NT$800,000 (S$38,000), according to Taiwan's United Daily News.
The spa was initially not affected much at the start of the virus outbreak, but business began falling as strict containment measures took effect.
Ms Lin told the newspaper: "Many of our customers are businessmen from mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States. The business was hit hard when Taiwan barred entry to more countries."
She added that the social distancing measures implemented by the government further impacted the business, with both customers and Read More – Source