When do hairdressers open in Scotland and Wales?

LOCKDOWN hair can finally be trimmed and treated in England today as hairdressers were given the all-clear to open for business.

But those in Scotland and Wales will have to wait a little longer before they can tidy up their locks.

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When do hairdressers open in Scotland and Wales?

Split ends, dodgy roots and outgrown fades are all due to get treated in Wales from July 13 and in Scotland from July 15.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is navigating Scotland out of lockdown through a four-phase "route map."

On June 24 she announced that hairdressers reopening would form part of the third phase from 15 July.

Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford also said hairdressers and beauty salons should reopen from July 13 by appointment only.

The Welsh government is legally obliged to review its lockdown measures every three weeks. Mr Drakeford announced the reopening date for hairdressers during his review on June 19.

It will be confirmed whether salons can welcome back customers in the next review on July 10, days before the anticipated reopening date.

Why are the dates different across the UK?

It is all to do with devolution. While the United Kingdom is one nation in itself, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all self-governing institutions with significant powers devolved to them from Westminster.

Scotland has the most devolved powers, including determining its own educations, health, environment and transport policies.

Devolved powers to Wales also include health and education.

It means both governments have had some independence and freedoms to set their own route map out of lockdown.

What are the hairdresser social distancing rules in Scotland and Wales?

Salons must follow a range of government guidance when they reopen.

The Scottish government said there must be "appropriate distance and hygiene" in place when salons reopen.

It means face visors must be worn by hairdressers at all times.

Face masks are not an acceptable alternative but customers or staff may wear it as an addition

Walk-ins will be banned with customers having to book appointments and it is likely salons will work to 50 percent capacity.

Salon and barbershop owners will be required to keep a temporary record of all clients and visitors for 21 days to support the NHS test and trace system which controls outbreaks of the virus

No food or drinks can be consumed in the salon by customers other than water in disposable cups or bottles.

Meanwhile, the National Hair and Beauty Federation has asked hairdressers to keep salon chat to a minimum and avoid "face-to-face discussions with clients".

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