Ministers are pushing for hairdressers and nail salons to be opened up alongside shops to boost people’s mental health once lockdown lifts.
Some inside Whitehall have called for the beauty industry to be included in the return of non-essential shops, with one Government source telling The Sun ‘it wouldn’t just boost the economy, it would help people’s mental health too’.
They added: ‘People are getting fed up at not being able to go for a haircut. It is about improving how people feel about themselves. It would be good for the high street, of course. But it will also be good for people’s wellbeing.’
Hairdressers were ordered to close during the first lockdown last spring and remained shuttered for three months through to the summer.
They were among the first to finally reopen as part of the Government’s push to revive the economy, with barbers and stylists wearing PPE and advised to keep the small talk to a minimum.
The news came as a relief to millions of Brits desperate for a trim – some so much that they decided to take matters into their own hands, often with hilarious results.
Demand was so high that some salons opened up at midnight to take full advantage.
However, they were banned again in areas placed into tier four before Christmas, and ordered to close across the country once more when the latest lockdown measures were announced.
Mr Johnson will outline the criteria he will use to decide when to lift the current coronavirus restrictions in England later this month.
He has indicated that he will include the latest death and hospital admission numbers, as well as virus changes and the speed of the vaccine rollout in his assessment.
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