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Hairdressers Will Not Reopen Until July At The Very Earliest, Government Warns

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Hairdressers Will Not Reopen Until July At The Very Earliest, Government Warns

The UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said that Brits won't be able to get their hair cut until 4 July - at the 'very earliest'.

This comes following Boris Johnson's pre-recorded speech last night (10 May) where he outlined the Government's three-phase plan for easing the coronavirus lockdown.

During the announcement, he explained that hospitality businesses could reopen in July - if the conditional plans go as desired.

Dominic Raab. Credit: PA
Dominic Raab. Credit: PA
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Now, Dominic Raab has said that hospitality sectors (pubs, bars and restaurants, for example) along with personal care businesses (hairdressers and barbers) will not be considered for reopening until 4 July at the 'very earliest'.

During an interview with Sky News, Mr Raab said: "From 4 July, at the earliest, we'll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers.

"Obviously the proximity in those two sectors... is something where we don't think we're ready yet, given where we are with the virus."

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During the Prime Minister's speech last night, he outlined the 'conditional plans' would work in three stages and was very clear that 'if there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes'.

Put simply, phase one encourages people to continue to work from home, but to go back if they can't, e.g. construction and manufacturing workers. Unlimited exercise will also be allowed, but people have been urged to stay away from public transport.

Boris Johnson added: "You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports, but only with members of your own household.

"You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them."

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Last night Boris Johnson addressed the nation. Credit: BBC
Last night Boris Johnson addressed the nation. Credit: BBC

Phase two will not happen before 1 June at the earliest, where the plan is to begin to return all reception, year one and year six groups back to school.

Johnson also said that the phased reopening of shops will start then as well.

Finally, he explained that step three would come into play at the earliest by July, where the hope is to open 'at least some' of the hospitality industry and other public places - provided they are safe and enforce social distancing.

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You can read the PM's full speech here.

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Topics: News, Coronavirus, covid-19 positive, Boris Johnson, Politics

Rebecca Shepherd
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