Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a “roadmap” out of lockdown amid the third national shut down to hit the UK in less than one year. The vaccination rate has been going very well in the UK, which is among one of the only country to have successfully immunised millions of citizens. The beauty industry, including hairdressers and barbers, have been among the most heavily affected industries.
A number of hair salons and hairdressers have found themselves furloughed or out of work amid the lockdown.
Hairdressers have been closed during all three lockdowns which have hit the country, inevitably impacting their profitability for the year.
Workers within the industry have been able to profit from the various support packages, however, including furlough and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
So far, it’s understood that hair salons won’t be able to reopen until schools are back up and running, as this is the Government’s top priority.
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Larger events will be able to go ahead, in good news for spectator sports and other outdoor activities, while nightclubs will finally be able to reopen.
The Prime Minister said the measures announced on Monday will only apply to England for now, with devolved administrations able to make their own rules with a similar layout.
Mr Johnson said “we are able to take these steps because of the resolve of the British public” as well as the successful turnout of the vaccine programme.
He added: “There is therefore no credible route to a zero-Covid Britain or indeed a zero-Covid world, and we cannot persist indefinitely with restrictions that debilitate our economy, our physical and mental well-being and the life-chances of our children.
“And that is why it is so crucial that this roadmap should be cautious, but also irreversible.”
The UK won’t be returning to its tiered approach, which was criticised by many for being largely ineffective.
Mr Johnson explained: “The level of infection is broadly similar across England, so we will ease restrictions in all areas at the same time.
“The sequence will be driven by the evidence, so outdoor activity will be prioritised as the best way to restore freedoms while minimising the risk.”
He stressed that every stage would be determined by “data not dates”, and would be subject to the four tests laid out by Government.