As the country moves into a second ‘lockdown’, salons and barbers will be forced to shut their doors once again
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that as part of a national lockdown across England, hair salons and barbershops are to close from 00:01 on Thursday, November 5 until December. Speaking at the Downing Street press conference on Saturday, Johnson said that after 2 December the restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system.
Mobile hairdressers will also need to stop working throughout this same time period, as rules preventing meeting people outside your own household and the temporary ban of close-contact services are enforced.
“Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, but it’s my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now we can allow families across the country to be together,” the Prime Minister said.
The furlough scheme, which was due to end on 31 October, will now be extended through November, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Business premises forced to close in England will also receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
The NHBF is speaking with Government to push for further support measures for the industry.