Will hairdressers reopen after lockdown?
Hair salons in England will be allowed to reopen from December 3, as the second lockdown draws to an end next week. After this date, England will enter a tougher version of the three-tier system of local restrictions used before the latest national lockdown. However, despite the system, hair salons are permitted to remain open in all tier levels, including the highest. The tier levels of local areas will be announced on Thursday, November 26.
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What are the hairdressing rules for each tier?
What ‘tougher’ means will be revealed on Monday, November 23, by Boris Johnson, but under the previous three-tier system the rules applied as follows:
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Are hairdressers closed in England?
Hair salons across England were closed on November 5. Under lockdown restrictions, most non-essential businesses can reopen on December 2.
After this date, it is expected that different parts of the country will follow the restrictions from a tier system. What tier each area is in will depend on the severity of infection locally.
Can mobile hairdressers still work?
Under lockdown measures, all hairdressers, even mobile services, can resume business on December 2.
What happens if I have an appointment booked during lockdown?
If you have an appointment booked during lockdown, it will have to be cancelled and you will need to get in touch with your hairdressers to rearrange.
What financial support will hairdressers get?
For businesses that can apply for furlough, the scheme is being extended throughout November with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. In addition, business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
Also, £1.1bn is being given to Local Authorities, distributed on the basis of £20 per head, for one-off payments to enable them to support businesses more broadly. A Hairdressing Sub Committee has been set up as a branch of the British Beauty Council to push for a cut in VAT from 20 percent to 5 percent, as it has done for pubs and restaurants.
“This is the second time round for a national lockdown, we at least have a taskforce in place, and direct connection with government as well as constant communications,” Millie Kendall MBE, Chief Executive of the British Beauty Council tells the Telegraph. She added “We didn’t have that back in March. The Prime Minister’s announcement mentions non-essential retail which personal care businesses fall under, and he mentioned an extension of furlough.
“I am not sure this is enough to sustain our businesses. The first task will be to ensure that our Personal Care businesses including salons, retail and mobiles are protected financially from further damage. This will be an ask for grants, and we will push for a longer term recovery plan and chopping the VAT is essential.”
Luke Hersheson owns five salons in London, and is urgently calling the government for support. “We seem to get lost as an industry, so we need to ensure we get the VAT reduction, and business rates relief needs to be extended for another year. We all run of very little reserved cash flow, and are due to make tax payments imminently; this all needs to be deferred if we have any hope of bouncing back as an industry.”