When will hairdressers and beauty salons open?
22 February 2021, 16:01 | Updated: 23 February 2021, 10:43
Boris Johnson lockdown roadmap: what are the expected dates that salons, nail bars, hairdressers and barbers will reopen in England?
Boris Johnson announced his 'roadmap' out of lockdown in the House of Commons on 22 February, giving key dates for the planned reopening of different sectors of the economy.
Read more: When will gyms reopen in England?
One area he addressed is the beauty and hair industry, which was forced to close when England went into its third national lockdown.
Here's what we know about when they may be allowed to reopen.
When will hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons open?
Boris Johnson announced that personal care businesses like hairdressers and salons will reopen in the second stage of lockdown-lifting, which will take place from 12 April at the earliest.
He said: "Personal care including hairdressers and nail salons, indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will reopen."
At this time, pubs and restaurants will also be allowed to open outdoors.
Speaking about lifting lockdown in England, Boris Johnson stated that it should be 'cautious but also irreversible'.
He said: "We cannot escape the fact that lifting lockdown will result in more cases, more hospitalisations and sadly more deaths. This will happen wherever lockdown is lifted, because there will always be some vulnerable people who are not protected by the vaccines.
"There is therefore no credible route to a zero Covid Britain or zero Covid world.
"This roadmap should be cautious but also irreversible."
Lockdown will be lifted in four stages. The first, beginning March 8, will see the reopening of schools for all pupils, and people allowed to meet one other person outdoors for things like coffee and picnics.
He stressed that lockdown-easing will be driven by 'data not dates', saying that it will be depend on the following:
- The Vaccine deployment continuing successfully
- There is evidence that the vaccine is effective in reducing deaths
- There isn't a surge in hospitalisation
- Assessment of risks are not fundamentally changed by new variants of Covid that cause concern