HAIRDRESSERS are among the businesses affected by new Tier 4 coronavirus lockdown rules.
The tougher new tier level came into force today, December 20, for London and parts of the south East of England.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new restrictions in a press conference this weekend in a bid to curb the latest rise in coronavirus cases.
The PM had been trying to save Christmas but a new strain of the deadly coronavirus is being blamed for the tougher tier level.
As part of Tier 4 restrictions, households are being told to stay at home – effectively cancelling Christmas for 18million people.
Non-essential retail shops, indoor gyms and nail salons must close in these areas to stop the spread.
But what does it mean for those wanting a haircut?
Are hairdressers open in Tier 4?
Unfortunately, hairdressers and barbers are being told to shut in all places that are in Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions.
It means Brits who were due for a trim will now need to wait longer for a haircut.
Beauty salons, tanning studios, massage parlours and tattoo and piercing shops must also close under Tier 4 rules.
Under the new Tier 4 restrictions, households are being urged to stay at home and only go outside if necessary.
You can still visit the supermarket for food and other essentials.
But hairdressers are closed as they aren’t deemed an essential service.
Full list of areas in Tier 4
HERE is the full list of areas in Tier 4.
- Surrey (excluding Waverley)
- The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
- All 32 London boroughs and the city of London.
- Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
- Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)
Are hairdressers open in Tier 3?
Hairdressers can remain open in all areas placed in Tier 3 lockdown rules.
The same goes for all places in Tier 2 and Tier 1.
Mobile hairdressers are also allowed to still work, meaning you can get a visit from your hair stylist at home.
However, if they do come to your home they must work in a Covid-secure way.
This includes wearing face coverings and keeping a steady flow of air.
It was a different story during the first national lockdown and again during November in the England lockdown when hairdressers had to shut.
What rules do hairdressers and barbers have to follow?
Hairdressers must follow strict Covid-secure rules in order to stay open.
This includes staff wearing face masks and rigorous cleaning regimes.
For example, all work surfaces and equipment must be wiped down and disinfected between each customer.
In addition, music and other background noise should be kept to a minimum to prevent people from speaking loudly or shouting.
Staff and customers are also expected to maintain social distancing.
We've rounded up a full list of shops and businesses that are forced to shut under Tier 4 rules.
It includes indoor gyms and other indoor sporting activities, which are now closed.
New Tier 4 rules and exemptions: What you can and can’t do, explained.
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