Hairdressers are among the thousands of businesses across England which are now subject to new coronavirus advice issued by the Government across the country. People are now only allowed to leave their home to undertake tasks deemed essential such as food shopping, attending medical appointments or to exercise once a day. But can hairdressers open in lockdown?
England entered its third national lockdown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.
People in England and Scotland have been told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave their homes.
The Prime Minister suggested lockdown could be eased from mid-February, in time for the February half-term.
However, Cabinet minister Michael Gove today claimed lockdown easing could start in March.
Schools are now closed for most children from today and university students have been told not to return to campuses.
Zoos, gyms and outdoor sports venues must close and workers are urged to work from home where possible.
Shielding must begin again for those who are deemed extremely clinically vulnerable and these individuals must not return to work, despite work being a permissible reason to leave your home.
All non-essential retail and hospitality businesses have been forced to shut – however, several businesses deemed essential are permitted to remain open.
On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the third lockdown amid the rising rate of coronavirus cases resulting from the rampant spread of the virus.
The viral transmission rate has increased as a result of the new Covid variant which is highly and easily transmissible.
Mr Johnson said: “I want to say to everyone right across the United Kingdom that I know how tough this is, I know how frustrated you are, I know that you have had more than enough of Government guidance about defeating this virus. But now more than ever, we must pull together.”
The PM added: “The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but I really do believe that we are entering the last phase of the struggle.
“Because with every jab that goes into our arms, we are tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.
“And, thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight and we know exactly how we will get there.
“But for now, I am afraid, you must once again stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Can hairdressers open in lockdown?
Hairdressers are not permitted to remain open during the third national lockdown in England.
Hair salons will be unable to open until the national lockdown comes to an end.
The Government have yet to confirm a specific date for the end of the lockdown, but it is likely restrictions will not be eased until the top four priority groups on the vaccination priority list are vaccinated.
Mr Johnson implied lockdown measures would come to an end “By the middle of February if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails”.
However, on Tuesday, January 5, Mr Gove suggested easing could begin from March.
He told Sky News: “We will keep these constantly under review but you are absolutely right, we can’t predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions in the week commencing February 15-22.
“What we will be doing is everything that we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated so that we can begin to progressively lift restrictions.
“I think it is right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions but not necessarily all.”