Hairdresser Has Already Taken 2,000 Bookings After Being Allowed To Reopen
With the news coming from the government that hairdressers - and a whole raft of other businesses that many will be glad to see back - can start reopening from 4 July, one hairdresser in London claims to have had 2,000 bookings already.
Well, it's about time. Loads of us are cutting about the streets looking like Captain Caveman right now.
It's been three months since anyone managed to have a proper trim in an actual regulated establishment, so naturally people can't wait to flock back to have their locks shortened.
In fact, there are so many people waiting to get their barnets cut that Katya Davies, of Myla and Davis hairdressers in South London, says the shop has got a waiting list that now runs into the thousands.
She told BBC News: "We've built up a waiting list of more than 2,000 people."
The list actually started building up a few weeks back, when they decided to open their bookings list to deal with the speculative people trying to get ahead of the curve.
So, if you're looking to get a trim there, July is not looking good. That's even with the extended opening hours - four extra hours each day - that have been put in place to cope with the demand.
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They've even had to rush to get the salons ready for reopening with the safety and social distancing measures in place.
Katya continued: "We can't wait to get back to work and we've planned our reopening schedule around the 2m distancing rule. We don't plan to change that, although the switch to 1m-plus will ease the burden a little,
"Our salons will be able to work at around 65 percent capacity, although wearing visors will be quite cumbersome and bring its own problems, especially for the comfort of our workers who will be dealing with clients back-to-back."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself welcomed the news that hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to open again in his statement to the House of Commons yesterday.
He said: "Almost as eagerly awaited as a pint will be a haircut, particularly by me, and so we will reopen hairdressers with appropriate precautions, including the use of visors."
While the details of how they can reopen have yet to be thrashed out, it is thought that it will involve protective screens, as well as an increase in handwashing facilities around the premises.
Hey, it's got to be better than shaving your own head at home in the mirror, whatever it is.
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