When can hairdressers open again in the UK?


HAIRDRESSERS and barbers have been shut throughout the coronavirus lockdown as the UK looks to slow the spread of Covid-19.

But Boris Johnson announced a slight loosening of the rules in an address on Sunday, May 10. Here’s when they could open again.

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 Hairdressers and barbers have been closed due to the coronavirus lockdown


Hairdressers and barbers have been closed due to the coronavirus lockdown

When will hairdressers reopen?

Hairdressers are expected to have to wait until at least July to get cutting again.

Salons and barbers have had their doors closed since late March when non-essential shops were asked to close in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Almost two months on, Mr Johnson laid out his new plan for moving the nation out of lockdown during a televised address on Sunday, May 10.

According to the government’s 50-page blueprint for easing the lockdown, hairdressers are expected to return at the earliest in July.

Following the PM’s speech, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said: “Obviously the proximity [within salons] is something where we just don’t think we are ready yet, given where we are with the virus.”

Mr Raab said he did not see hairdressers reopening until July 4 at the “very earliest”.

How will social distancing work?

According to the 50-page blueprint, hairdressers and barbers are among businesses which will not be allowed to reopen until they meet “Covid-19-secure” guidelines.

The document may include measures such as the use of face masks – as has been seen for hair salons in countries in Europe – and social distancing.

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“Many measures require the development of new safety guidelines that set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely,” the government document reads.

Salons are likely to operate at only 50 per cent capacity in order to maintain social distancing measures, with those cutting your hair working on shift patterns to minimise contact with staff and customers.

 It's hard to self-distance when working on somebody's hair


It’s hard to self-distance when working on somebody’s hairCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It is also likely that not every station in the salon will be used, with the hairdressers working at every other station in a bid to maintain a two-metre distance between them.

The British Beauty Council recommends that staff wear gloves, masks and gowns, while customers will also likely have to wear masks and will not be able to have many belongings on them.

Underground hairdressers and stylists have been popping up as desperate Brits search for a way to sort out their hair.

What should I do if I’m a hairdresser?

This is a stressful time for all self-employed workers and hairdressers are no different.

The government has pledged support to self-employed people in the United Kingdom as well as full-time workers.

Self-employed workers can read our guide on how to get financial help during this crisis.

Some workers will be eligible for the furlough scheme – if you are, you can read our guide on what the emergency measures mean for you.

The furlough scheme has been extended until October.

How can I cut my own hair at home?

There are many ways to cut yours or your loved ones’ hair – and you don’t have to be too handy with the clippers to achieve them either.

From cutting your fringe at home to cutting men’s hair with clippers for a short back and sides, we have it all covered for you.

But if you are after a more general guide to cutting your hair at home, this handy guide should be able to help.

How to cut your own hair as hairdressers close amid coronavirus outbreak


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