Will hairdressers reopen in Tier 3?

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Will hairdressers reopen in Tier 3?

On December 3, England’s month-long lockdown will end and the country will enter an amended, tougher version of the tier system used prior to lockdown. Thousands of businesses are desperate to reopen their doors after a month of lockdown, in one of the most crucial trading periods of the year.

Hairdressers have been forced to close their doors twice now in England since the coronavirus pandemic took grip back in March.

Hairdressers were first allowed to reopen on July 4 with a variety of new restrictions in place, such as social distancing and the use of face masks and shields.

They were closed as part of lockdown restrictions on November 5, alongside other non-essential businesses as the Government moved to fight the second wave.

But with the second lockdown nearly finished, the UK Government has outlined it wants to exit the national strategy and return to a localized tier system – but with harsher restrictions for the worst affected areas.

“People want to get their nails done before Christmas – it’s a huge season for these businesses.”

The Government has not yet outlined officially if hairdressers will open, and the Prime Minister is expected to announce the new rules in a press conference at 7pm, November 23.

More areas are expected to enter the higher end of the system, and restrictions in each of the areas are expected to be altered.

Under the previous system, local leaders were to help determine whether venues such as gyms or casinos should be closed in very high alert level areas, and this may change in the new system.

Ministers announced on Thursday which tier each area will enter.

The full list of tier 3 areas include:

North East

Tees Valley Combined Authority:

Hartlepool

Middlesbrough

Stockton-on-Tees

Redcar and Cleveland

Darlington

North East Combined Authority:

Sunderland

South Tyneside

Gateshead

Newcastle upon Tyne

North Tyneside

County Durham

Northumberland

North West

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Blackpool

Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

The Humber

West Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

West Midlands

Birmingham and Black Country

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

Derby and Derbyshire

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Leicester and Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

South East

Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)

Kent and Medway

South West

Bristol

South Gloucestershire

North Somerset

Other changes expected to be made to the tier system include the extension of the 10pm curfew to 11pm.

Pubs will be forced to close to sit-in punters in Tier 3 areas, with takeaway food and alcohol still permitted.

Non-essential retail is expected to stay open across all tiers in the run-up to Christmas.

Published at Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:19:00 +0000

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