After we've seen our loved ones, a visit to the hairdresser feels like a luxury that we've never appreciated more. Some may have dabbled in DIY trims, whether our own fringes or ill-advised attempts with clippers performed on partners, and never before have we admired the skills of hairdressers more. Truly, it's not as easy as it looks.
Hair salons have been closed since 23 March when the country went into lockdown, but the government is expected to reveal plans for their reopening this evening, as part of a roadmap to further ease the lockdown restrictions.
Back in May, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Rabb said that hairdressers could open on 4 July "at the very earliest" – and now that date looks set to be confirmed.
"We'll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers," Raab said during a conference in May.
"Obviously the proximity [within salons]... is something where we just don't think we are ready yet, given where we are with the virus."
The comment was later confirmed in the government's 50-page regulations document, which said the reopening of salons will take place during phase three of its plan.
“It is likely that reopening indoor public spaces and leisure facilities (such as gyms and cinemas), premises whose core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs), venues that attract large crowds (like sports stadia), and personal care establishments where close contact is inherent (like beauty salons) may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections,” the document reads.
“The government's current planning assumption is that this step will be no earlier than 4 July, subject to the five tests justifying some or all of the measures below, and further detailed scientific advice, provided closer to the time, on how far we can go.”
It is highly likely that salons will follow new safety measures, where clients and stylists are expected to wear masks and gowns throughout cuts and treatments.
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