Some hairoic salons have been open since midnight as hairdressers reopen (Picture: Stuart Walker / SWNS.COM)

Today, July 4, hairdressers and barbers were finally allowed to reopen in England again for the first time since coronavirus forced them to close on March 23.

Hair salons were one of the select businesses allowed to reopen in a bid to push forward and stimulate the economy after a 20% fall during lockdown, along with restaurants, pubs, cinemas, hotels, and campsites.

The reopening comes with a new set of rules, including hairdressers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields and small talk being limited.

What time are hairdressers open until now they’ve reopened?

As salons and barbers have finally been given the green light to reopen, many are doing so with different hours than they operated before lockdown – and they aren’t alone, as many pubs opened doors from 6am today.

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Toni and Guy have confirmed they will reopen 172 salons across the country with longer opening times and Supercuts is opening up until 6pm every day of the week.

In fact, the demand has been so high some salons opened at midnight on 4 July to take full advantage.

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Each barber or salon will be operating under their own set of hours so it’s best you check with yours to see if they are running on reduced hours – or if they’re staying open later and can squeeze you in.

Elsewhere in the UK, hairdressers will return in the coming weeks.

With Scotland now in phase 2 of their lockdown plan, Nicola Sturgeon announced on 24 June during First Minister’s Questions (FMQs) that hairdressers and barbers can reopen from Wednesday 15 July.

In Wales, it’s likely going to be confirmed soon that hair and beauty services can resume on an appointment-only basis from 13 July.

Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons will be able to reopen in Northern Ireland on 6 July.

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Will I have to wear a face mask at the hairdressers?

Again, this is an answer which depends on each location’s own preferences.

There’s currently no legal mandate for you to wear a face mask at the barbers or salon unlike on public transport – meaning you can’t be fined if you don’t wear one.

However, some establishments might politely request their clients wear one if they are worried about the risk of spreading the virus.

Under the Government’s Safer Workplaces guidelines, it states that face coverings can be worn by clients or staff if they ‘choose’ but: ‘There is no requirement for the client to wear any additional protection such as a mask or face covering, when the practitioner is wearing a visor.’

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