HAIRDRESSERS and barber shops will be required to close from next week (Thursday, November 5, 2020) as part of a second national lockdown in England

The measures were revealed in a live TV address on Saturday (October 31) as the government attempts to combat a surge in coronavirus cases.

Are hairdressers closing again?

Yes, as part of Lockdown 2, hairdressers and barbers will be forced to close their doors from next week.

Lockdown is slated to finish on December 2 – but parts of the country will adopt different exit strategies.

It is expected that different parts of the country will adopt an exit strategy, and will continue to follow the restrictions from the existing tier system, depending on the severity of infection in the local area. 

Under the pre-lockdown tier-system, hairdressers in tier 3 were still allowed to remain open with the local authorities approval.

Therefore, hair salons are likely to reopen after the new lockdown measures ease in early December. 

What are the new national lockdown rules?

Under the tough lockdown measures, which will begin in England on Thursday November 5th, all hairdressers will have to close.

Rules force all non-essential retail and beauty services to close, alongside pubs, restaurants, cinemas and other leisure venues.

Travel agents, betting shops, tailors, tobacco shops, nail salons, tattoo parlours, swimming pools and sports centres will be closing their doors too.

The mixing of households, except for childcare and other forms of support, are banned.

This means that alongside the closure of hair salons, mobile hairdressers will also have to stop work, until December 2nd, at least. 

Restaurants, pubs and hairdressers have been open since July 4, while non-essential retailers were allowed to welcome back customers from June 15.

Gyms were among the last businesses to reopen after the first lockdown, and were only given the green light to do so from July 25.

Meanwhile, nightclubs, along with dance halls and discotheques still haven't reopened after being forced to shut in March.

How does social distancing work at hairdressers?

All hairdressers were required to wear full-face plastic visors to reduce the risk of infection. 

Some salons used clear plastic screens to separate staff and employees, while hand sanitzer was a must for all.

As the one metre social distancing rule cannot be adhered to while stylists are working on hair, masks were to be worn at all times.

What are the guidelines for hairdressers?

Strict rules meant barbers and stylists were required to regularly disinfect equipment and surroundings.

New measures introduced since premises opened on July 4 meant magazines and drinks/food were banned from salons and barber shops.

Customers desperate for a snip were only allowed in by appointment while there was a limit on the numbers of customers allowed in a premises at any one time.

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