England is expected to follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland by allowing hair salons and barbershops to open in early July. The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that salons and barbershops in Northern Ireland will be allowed to reopen on Monday 6th July. The Northern Ireland Economy Minister Diane Dodds says: ‘I very much welcome the Executive’s decision today to allow businesses that provide nail, beauty, hair and tanning services, electrolysis and acupuncture to re-open from Monday 6 July’. However, she also said that the reopening is ‘conditional upon the virus being contained’.
Asked today (21.06.2020) on the Sophy Ridge programme on Sky News about hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants, Matt Hancock said, ‘ We talk about hospitality and outdoor hospitality in our plans, but there are a whole series of other services especially where you need to be physically close to someone to carry it out like a haircut – a lot of the country does need a haircut.’ Pressed if that could mean haircuts resuming on July 4, he said: ‘I’m not going to rule that out. We’ll set out the details as soon as we can.’
If local hair dressers and barbers get the go-ahead to reopen in early July, they are being asked to observe a ‘silence rule’. The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has advised members to keep chat ‘to a minimum’ to protect both staff and customers. This may mean that questions like; ‘Where you going on holiday?’ or ‘What you up to this weekend?’ may be a thing of the past.
Meanwhile, some people have tried to cut their own hair with disastrous results!