Hairdressers in Wales to Shut From Christmas Eve
Hairdressers and beauty salons in Wales will close doors from Christmas Eve while under new ‘alert level four’, or ‘very high risk’, restrictions.
On Wednesday 16 December, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that, beginning on Monday December 28, Wales will enter this new alert level, which is currently the highest in the government’s traffic light system.
These new regulations mean that “close contact services”, including hairdressers and beauty salons, must shut at the end of trading on Thursday December 24. There is currently no date for when these restrictions will be lifted, meaning hairdressers will remain closed until ‘alert level four’ restrictions are lifted. The government will review the measures every three weeks starting in January.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) is also reportedly awaiting confirmation on the specific time in which businesses must close on Christmas Eve.
According to the Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan, Alert level four means a confirmed case rate of more than 300 cases per 100,000 people on a rolling seven-day average; confirmed case rates for over 60s suggesting rapid growth; and a projection of future case incidence rates over the following two weeks anticipating rises to more than 500 cases per 100,000 people.