Lockdown restrictions have slowly begun to lift around the UK, but many people are still eagerly awaiting the day hairdressers and barbers can reopen their doors once more.
But when will hairdressers and barbers reopen around the UK?
Here’s everything you need to know.
When do hairdressers and barbers reopen?
Hairdressers and barbers across the UK will reopen at different dates, depending on the easing of lockdown plans from the devolved administrations.
Hairdressers and barbers will reopen in England from 12 April, as part of step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown plan.
Other personal care services, including beauty salons, will also reopen from the same date, with outdoor zoos and theme parks due to reopen at the same time.
Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve food and drinks outdoors to groups of six or people from two households from 12 April.
In Scotland, hairdressers and barber salons opened their doors once more on 5 April, which came just a few days after the ‘stay at home’ order was eased on 2 April.
All hairdressers in the country were able to reopen on 5 April, alongside a phased reopening of non-essential retail, including click and collect services, homeware stores, car showrooms and forecourts. Garden centres were also able to reopen from this date.
Mobile services in homes, including hairdressing and barbering, will be able to resume from 26 April. Beauty salons, spas, nail salons, and other close contact services can also resume from this date.
Northern Ireland has not yet confirmed any dates for when hairdressers and barbers could reopen, but the executive has said that some lockdown restrictions could be eased from 12 April, providing that Covid cases stay low.
Are hairdressers already open in Wales?
In Wales, hairdressers and barbers reopened on 15 March, but they can only serve customers with an appointment and their services are restricted to haircuts only.
Hair and barbering mobile services also resumed on 15 March, but only in circumstances where “there is not a reasonably practical alternative to a home appointment,” according to the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF).
This includes situations where:
- The client physically cannot leave the home
- Leaving the home is likely to have a significant detrimental effect on wellbeing
Hairdressers and barbers must also wear a Type II mask and face visor for the entire time they are in a client’s home.
Other beauty services such as nail parlours and beauty salons are expected to remain closed in Wales until 12 April at the earliest.