Hairdressing salons will be able to reopen, but the experience of getting your hair cut is likely to be very different.

Hairdressers will be required to wear a full-face plastic visor to reduce the risk of infection and will also need to follow strict rules over the disinfecting of equipment.

Customers will have to make appointments, and there will be limits on the amount of people in salons. It is also anticipated that hairstylists will be told to cut down on small talk.

Beauty salons will not be allowed to reopen yet as it is believed it will be more difficult to mitigate the risk of transmission.

Hotels and camping

As of July 4, hotels, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites will be allowed to operate as long as shared facilities are kept clean. So will cinemas, arcades and theme parks, but swimming pools and spas “need to remain closed for now”.

The message to tourists from Mr Johnson was clear as he announced that hotels, guest houses and B&Bs will be able to open in England. “Show some guts!” he told holidaymakers during his statement to the Commons.

But the mass reopening will come with a number of conditions attached. Recommendations to stop coronavirus from spreading include emptying mini bars, offering buffet-free breakfasts and regularly deep cleaning rooms, with 24 hours left between bookings.

All paperwork is likely to be removed from rooms, along with the telephone, while the plastic pouch containing tea and coffee sachets will either be removed or quarantined for up to 72 hours between guests.

Those checking in should expect to see social distancing stickers on the floor, perspex screens at the reception desk and hand sanitiser available throughout. 

It is thought campsites will be instructed to ensure that tents are pitched further apart than normal so social distancing measures can be adhered to, along with frequent deep cleaning of facility blocks such as showers. 

Some campsites will be required to reduce the number of pitches to keep numbers down. Campers are likely be told they cannot have day visitors in order to further limit the numbers on site. Communal areas such as receptions, shops, laundries and playgrounds are likely to remain closed, with guests advised to bring all their own essentials, including gas canisters.

As with hotels and other overnight accommodation, guests will be asked to pay in advance and use contactless payment rather than cash. 

Changes to the rules, allowing two households to meet up, mean that two families will now be able to go on holiday together.

The Prime Minister confirmed: “From July 4, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed and breakfasts.”


Mr Johnson did not specifically mention Britain’s 2.2 million shielded people in his statement.

However Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has announced that this “extremely clinically vulnerable” group would finally be able to meet friends and visit relatives’ homes from July 6.

Shielded people, considered to be the most medically vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus, including those with lung conditions and people being treated for cancer, will be able to meet up to five other people outdoors after having been virtual prisoners in their own homes for the past three months.

If they live alone they will also be able to form a “support bubble” with one other household, meaning they can visit their families and stay overnight with them. 

It is hoped the infection rate will be low enough for shielding to end all together at the end of July, though help will still be available from NHS volunteers and local councils.

As long as they continue strict social distancing measures, shielded people will be able to visit supermarkets and places of worship, and those who cannot work from home will be able to return as long as their workplace adheres to government guidance.

Until now, the only easing of lockdown for shielded people has been allowing them to go outside once a day with their household or, if they live alone, to meet one other person at a two-metre distance.

Newly-released written guidance for the shielded advises the clinically extremely vulnerable to “take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart”, adding: “From August 1, the Government will be advising that shielding will be paused.

“From this date, the Government is advising you to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means you may wish to go out to more places and see more people, but you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble.”

It advises that shielded children can return to school in line with their peers, provided they wash their hands frequently and adhere to social distancing. 

Cinemas, museums, galleries and theatres

Source: Telegraph