When can hairdressers and barbers reopen in England?

BRITS in England who are desperate for a haircut have less than a week to wait before getting a trim.

Hairdressers and barbers in England reopen on Monday as part of stage two of the roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown.

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The first stage began last month when kids returned to school and adults could finally meet up with a friend for a coffee or picnic outside.

Restrictions will further ease on Monday when non-essential shops are allowed to open their doors again in England and Wales.

But easing lockdown is a matter for devolved governments meaning the rules are different for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

For instance, salons in Wales reopened last month for the first time since before Christmas.

Here's everything we know about when you'll be able to get a haircut again:

When will hairdressers and barbers reopen?

Hairdressers and barbers in England will reopen next week on April 12 as part of the second stage of easing lockdown restrictions.

The reopening of businesses on this date was assessed against four tests to allow restrictions to ease and the prime minister announced yesterday that the new measures could take place from Monday.

As long as the data allows, the PM aims to review and relax more rules every five weeks giving a week's notice of the update.

Hairdressers and barbers were forced to shut during the first lockdown in March 2020 and were among the last to reopen in July 2020.

There was a second four-week shutdown in November that lasted until December 2.

When hairdressers reopen on Monday, it is likely that not every station in the salon will be used, with hairdressers working at every other station to maintain a two-metre distance between them.

The British Beauty Council recommends that staff wear gloves, masks and gowns, while customers will also likely have to wear masks.

In Wales, hairdressers are already open as they were allowed to cut customers hair again from March 15.

In Scotland, hairdressers have another few weeks to go, as they currently remain closed but are expected to open again from April 26.

This is the same for shops, bars, restaurants and gyms in the country too.

Hairdressers in Northern Ireland remain closed and no date has been announced for when they will reopen yet.

What support is available for hairdressers?

Many hairdressers will be self-employed and could be eligible for support.

Self-employed workers can read our guide on how to get financial help during this crisis.

Some workers will be eligible for the furlough scheme – if you are, you can check our guide on what the emergency measures mean for you.

The furlough scheme and support for the self-employed were both extended by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Budget to support businesses as lockdown gradually eases.

Other things are set to open on Monday too, including non-essential retail and pubs and restaurants which can offer outside table service and takeaways.

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