Can hairdressers stay open in tier 2 areas?

Eight regions, including London, will be moving into a ‘high’ alert tier two lockdown from 00.01am on Saturday, October 17.

Joining London in tier two are Barrow-in-Furness, Elmbridge, York, north-east Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.

The move to tier two brings harsher restrictions, and many are wondering how the rules will affect hairdressers and barbers.

Here’s what we know.

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Can hairdressers stay open in tier 2 areas?

Hairdressers do not have to close in tier two areas, so are allowed to remain open.

Mobile hairdressers are also allowed to continue working in these areas.

What are the rules for hairdressers in tier 2 areas?

Currently, even in areas where tier two and three measures are being enforced, hairdressers and barbers are allowed to remain open.

However, some kind of Test and Trace system needs to be in place, and customers and staff must wear face coverings at all times. This is the same even for tier one regions.

The government website states: ‘Businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.’

Mobile hairdressers are even allowed to continue to operate in Scotland, where in-home visits from other households are banned nationwide.

Those who live in regions of Wales currently under lockdown, such as Cardiff, are still allowed to visit hairdressers, so long as they are not outside their area.

However, hairdressers and barbers will be forced to close in Northern Ireland from Friday as part of its four-week circuit breaker lockdown.

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