Will hairdressers and beauty salons reopen on December 3?

The Prime Minister will today announce plans of how the country will come out of the current national lockdown, with a return to the Tier system from December 3. 

It is expected that hairdressers and beauty salons will be allowed to reopen from December 3, as they are classed under “non-essential retail”, which will reopen across all the three tiers. 

However there are expected to be some changes to the existing Tier system, such as tougher rules on pubs and restaurants, as well as cinemas unable to open in the toughest Tier 3 restrictions. 

Hospitality businesses in Tier 3 will only be allowed to offer takeaways, while those in Tier 2 will only be able to serve alcohol with “substantial meals”. 

An announcement will also be made on social mixing, with the “rule of six” expected to return in lower tiers and a ban on household mixing likely to be brought back in Tier 3.

The news that hairdressers and beauty salons are expected to reopen on December 3 is welcome news for the beauty sector. “There’s no evidence whatsoever that keeping hair and beauty closed will have an impact on the R rate, so I expect we will be allowed to reopen on December 3,” Millie Kendall, chief executive of the British Beauty Council tells the Telegraph

It was recently revealed that the hair and beauty sector provide no more than ‘up to 0.05 percent’ impact on the R rate – which angered industry groups and salons up and down that country who were forced to remain closed throughout much of the summer months. 

“Many of our salons, like other retail shops, rely on Christmas trade, so we have to be allowed to go back to work,” adds Kendall. 

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