The Roadmap for Reopening Hair Salons in England is Revealed
On 22 February UK prime minister Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap for reopening, which included when hair salons can reopen in England following the COVID-19 lockdown.
Boris Johnson said during a statement to the House of Commons: “Today’s measures will apply in England but we are working closely with the devolved nations on similar plans. We are able to take these steps because of the resolve of the British public and the extraordinary success of the NHS. The data so far shows the vaccine is effective against the most prominent variants of COVID-19.”
He added: “We’re hoping this is a one-way road to freedom, made possible by the vaccine programme.”
There will be four conditions that will need to be met at each phase of lockdown easing with five weeks apart. The roadmap to reopening will start from 8 March and the conditions to be followed for each step of reopening are:
- The COVID-19 vaccine programme going to plan.
- The vaccines sufficiently reducing the number of people dying from the virus or needing hospital treatment.
- Infection rates not leading to a surge in hospital admissions.
- New variants of the virus not fundamentally changing the risk of lifting restrictions.
Boris concluded his statement by explaining next month the government will publish a plan for dealing with local outbreak and variants of concern. He ended his statement by saying “it is important to be cautious, and humble in the face of the virus. But the end is in sight.”
What does the roadmap for reopening mean for hair salons in England?
Boris Johnson has revealed that hairdressing salons and nail salons, along with other non-essential retail will be able to reopen from 12 April as long as the four conditions listed above are met. He said: “People will finally be able to get a haircut!”
What is the roadmap for reopening in England?
From 8 March – schools reopen for all children and care home residents can have one visitor
The main focus for the UK Government is to reopen schools in England as planned on Monday 8 March. This means all schools will open with outdoor after-school sports and activities being allowed as well.
Two people will also be allowed to socialise in a public space such as a park from this date, which means they can have a coffee, drink or picnic.
For those living in a care home, the 8 March will mark the date when a care home resident in England can have one regular visitor and they can hold hands with them.
From 29 March – outdoor gatherings for six people or two households
From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, including in people’s private gardens. Outdoor sports facilities will resume as well as organised adult and children’s sport.
This will also be the date that people will be able to travel outside of their local area. However, it is expected that guidance will likely still recommend staying local and overnight stays will not be permitted.
People should continue to work from home when they can and minimise travel when they can.
From 12 April – Hair salons can reopen
Boris Johnson has revealed that hairdressing salons and nail salons, along with other non-essential retail can reopen from 12 April.
Pubs and restaurants will also begin to open for outdoor service. There will be no curfew, and no requirement for people to order a substantial meal. Zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas will open, as will public libraries and community centres. Weddings can take place with a maximum of 15 people.
From 17 May – more restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted
Most restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted by 17 May and pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service. Cinemas, play areas, hotels, and theatres will also be open and larger events will be allowed, subject to enhanced testing. Weddings can take place with a maximum of 30 people.
From 21 June – Weddings can reopen with no restrictions
The wedding industry, which affects a number of hairdressers will be able to reopen without any restrictions from 21 June. At this point all limits on social contacts should be lifted and Boris added that large events like weddings should be able to go ahead.
What does England’s roadmap for reopening mean for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to outline a route out of lockdown over the next few days but she has warned people not to book Easter Holidays.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford hopes the lockdown will start to ease within three weeks with some non-essential shops and hairdressers possibly reopening at the same time.
In Northern Ireland a review of current measures will take place on 18 March, however pre-school nursery and the youngest pupils in primary school will return to the classroom on 8 March.
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