Mr Johnson told the House of Commons: “Given the significant fall in the prevalence of the virus, we can change the two-metre social distancing rule from July 4. I know this rule effectively makes life impossible for large parts of our economy, even without other restrictions. Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart, people should. But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, meaning they should remain one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.”
Can mobile hairdressers return to work?
43,000 hairdressers and barbers will go back to work on July 4, when their workplace can open again after being closed for almost three months.
Mr Johnson told the House of Commons that hairdressers can welcome back their customers from this date onwards.
But the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions has brought confusion to some hairdressers, in particular mobile workers who travel to other people’s homes.
Under the new rules, friends and family will be allowed to visit each other’s homes for the first time since the lockdown was implemented in March – but with only one other household.
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However, to clear things up, the Freelance Association of Hairdressers has advised workers on what they can do.
A statement on the organisation’s website reads: “Following the announcement today by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Government has confirmed that hairdressers can reopen from July 4.
“The Government do not differentiate between sectors in our industry. When they say hairdressers they mean all hairdressers, salons and freelance/mobile together.”
Nail bars and beauty salons, however, were excluded from the latest changes meaning they must remain closed until further notice.
Hairdressers may also be asked to work in shift patterns in an effort to minimise contact with other people.
The Prime Minister specified that hairdressers and barber shops would reopen with the use of visors.
Mr Johnson said: “We are today publishing guidance on how businesses can reduce the risk by taking certain steps to protect workers and customers.
“These include, for instance, avoiding face-to-face seating by changing office layouts, reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces, improving ventilation, using protective screens and face coverings, closing non-essential social spaces, providing hand sanitiser and changing shift patterns so that staff work in set teams.
“Our duty as the Government is to guide the British people, balancing our overriding aim of controlling the virus against our normal desire to bring back normal life.
“We cannot lift all the restrictions at once, so we have to make difficult judgments, and every step is scrupulously weighed against the evidence.
“Our principle is to trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be.”