Hairdressers and barber shops are going to be able to open from July 4, but with additional safety measures in place
Everyone has been DIY-ing their way through the lockdown period without any available salon services. While we all may have mastered the art of giving ourselves haircuts and root touch ups, some things are better done by professionals.
Hairdressers and barber shops across the UK are reopening from July 4, amid a raft of changes to lockdown restrictions that include the reopening of museums, galleries and cinemas, plus relief for the hospitality sector, with pubs, restaurants and hotels allowed to start trading again.
In order to reopen, hairdressers will need to ensure they can meet the government’s COVID-19 Secure guidelines, which includes maintaining social distancing. In his speech, the prime minister stated that hair salons can only open provided they have the correct PPE and COVID safety guidelines in place. The PPE required includes visors, gowns, and gloves for all staff, in addition to masks for both staff and customers. It is also likely that salons will have Perspex screens up at wash basins, and in some salons, temperature checks will be taken from customers upon entry.
Other precautions are expected, such as discussing the appointment in prior and avoiding smalltalk during the haircut to reduce the amount of face-to-face time. The National Hair and Beauty Federation has advised salons to be clear in their messaging to customers about the health and safety measures in place.
Salon reopening in Scotland, North Ireland and Wales
While the above policies apply to England, the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own plans for lifting lockdown restrictions, meaning that hairdressers may be allowed to reopen at different points across the UK. According to past reviews of guidelines and safety regulations, salons in Scotland and Wales may resume on the 9th July. Salons in North Ireland may reopen on 6th July.
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