This weekend marks the day we’ve all been waiting for: hair salons and barbershops are reopening, so we can finally banish the overgrown roots and dead finishes that we’ve all had to endure for months. YAY.
Unsurprisingly, most salons are already booked, so long lines are expected for those offering walk-in appointments.
Here are all the changes you can expect to see on your next visit to the hairdresser, according to PA.
What can I expect when I enter the hairdresser?
The signs on the floor will show where people should sit and customers will be encouraged to show up at their appointment exactly on time rather than gathering in the waiting areas.
If there is a queue, this should be outside with the social distances in place and people should aim to participate in the dating alone.
Customers can expect to be seated away from each other and sideways, with at least one meter (and preferably two) between them and other customers.
The points as long as they have perspex screens between customers and cashiers, and doors and windows will be kept open to increase ventilation.
We also recommend using screens to create a physical barrier between workstations where this is practical.
And the facings?
Hairdressers must wear a protective visor that extends under the chin, but an additional mask is not necessary.
Customers can choose to wear a face cover if they wish, but this is not mandatory.
Will I get my usual coffee and magazine?
Don’t expect a coffee. Customers will be encouraged to bring their own drinks, otherwise disposable cups may be used in the lounge.
The magazines have been abandoned due to the risk of Covid-19 being transferred over the surface.
The music also needs to be turned down so that people don’t end up screaming at each other, which increases the risk of virus transmission.
Having a hairdryer is not prohibited under driving.
Will there be scrupulous hygiene?
Yes. The guide states that customers should be encouraged to wash or disinfect their hands while entering the premises or before a treatment.
Salons should use disposable equipment wherever possible, but should wash non-disposable equipment such as scissors between each customer.
Customer chairs should also be disinfected after each use, regularly cleaned bathrooms and disposable clothing used for each person, where possible, with clean towels for each customer.
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How do I know if there has been a coronavirus outbreak connected to a salon?
Salons and other close contact services must keep a temporary record of all customers and visitors for 21 days in the event of an epidemic.
This would allow NHS Test and Trace to easily contact anyone who has been in close contact with an infected individual, telling them to isolate themselves.
What if I feel under the weather the day?
Stay at home. Clients will receive a Covid-19 screening questionnaire prior to their appointment, which includes questions about coronavirus symptoms. It is a new cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell.
Anyone with even mild symptoms will be told to stay home and self-isolate.
Salons have the right to refuse to see anyone, while the police and local authorities have the power to enforce social distance requirements.
Can mobile hairdressers work?
Yes, but only the client should be present in the same room for appointments in the house.