Hairdressers and barbers set to reopen on July 4th

Hairdressers and barbers in England have been given the official go-ahead to reopen from July 4th, the Government has announced today (June 23rd). However, beauty salons, nail bars and spas will still remain closed for the time being.

Addressing the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set forward a range of measures to ease lockdown restrictions, taking further steps to rebuild the economy.

Under the new guidelines, hairdressers and barbers can get back to business from Saturday 4th July, providing they adhere to the appropriate safety precautions, including the use of visors.

On the subject of beauty and nail salons, Mr Johnson said: “We also intend to allow some other close contact services, such as nail bars, to reopen as soon as we can, when we are confident they can operate in a Covid-secure way.”

Other details announced during today's speech included the changing of the two-metre social distancing rule from July 4th, with pubs and restaurants now permitted to also reopen from this date as long as they adopt strict safety measures.

In addition, leisure facilities and tourist attractions “including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres” can also welcome back the public.

New “Covid-secure guidelines” are set to be released by the Government for each sector due to reopen.

These changes are applicable to England only. In Northern Ireland, beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers are expected to reopen on Monday 6th July, whilst in Wales, these locations are pencilled to open from Monday 13th July by appointment only.

At the time of press, no official date has yet been put forward by the Scottish Government.

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