Can hairdressers open during the second lockdown?

Can hairdressers open during the second lockdown?


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At the start of the lockdown in March, all non-essential businesses had to close their doors. After months of closures, people were delighted when hairdressers and other beauty services were allowed to resume in July. But on Saturday, October 31 Boris Johnson confirmed England will be entering a second national lockdown, and a number of businesses will have to close.

The lockdown will start from Thursday, November 5, and is expected to end on December 2, 2020.

In his address to the nation, the Prime Minister said the second lockdown is “less restrictive” than the lockdown introduced in March of this year.

He said: “We are not going back to the full-scale lockdown of March and April. It is less prohibitive and less restrictive.

“But from Thursday the basic message is the same: Stay at home. Protect the NHS. And save lives.”

Can hairdressers open during the second lockdown?

Hairdressers and beauty salons are not classed as ‘essential’ businesses in the Government lockdown guidance.

Therefore, hairdressers and barbers will have to close from Thursday, November 5, 2020.

In the Government lockdown guidance, it outlines which businesses will have to close for the four-week lockdown.

Included in the business closures are: “Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.”

Mobile hairdressers will not be allowed to work during the national lockdown either.

These rules apply to hairdressers and barbers in England until December 2, and there are other rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland hairdressers have closed for the duration of the four-week lockdown, which started on October 16.

Under Wales’ “fire-break” lockdown, hairdressers are also closed until November 9.

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What essential businesses will stay open?

People are allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons during the lockdown, so a number of businesses will stay open.

Supermarkets and food shops will stay open, and food outlets will remain open for takeaway and delivery only.

Medical services and pharmacies will also stay open, and it is likely services such as banks and post offices will remain open for the second lockdown as they did in the first lockdown.

As well as hairdressers and beauty salons, other businesses in the hospitality sector will also have to close.

Gyms and leisure centres will be closed throughout the lockdown.

Restaurants, bars and pubs will close, but they can open for takeaway and delivery.

Non-essential retail shops will also close.

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