When do hairdressers open in Scotland? Date barbers and salons will reopen after Covid lockdown
Hairdressers across the country have now reopened to clients
People in Scotland have finally been able to visit a professional to tame their unruly lockdown locks.
Hairdressers reopened their doors to clients again following a long period of closure caused by the Covid lockdown.
Salons were one of the first sectors of the economy to open back up for appointments as the current tight restrictions are eased.
Nicola Sturgeon had previously announced the date that barbers and hairdressers would be able to open again during her highly-anticipated roadmap out of lockdown announcement in March.
So, when did hairdressers reopen – and what are the Covid rules?
Here is everything you need to know.
When did hairdressers reopen?
Addressing the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister announced the phased reopening of the economy, including shops, hospitality, gyms and hairdressers.
The current “stay at home” rule was the first to change and was replaced by guidance to “stay local” on 2 April.
Following that, hairdressers and barbers reopened during the next set of changes on Monday 5 April, along with garden centres and some non-essential retail services.
All hairdressers in the country were able to reopen at the same time.
Homeware stores, car showrooms and forecourts also reopened then.
Unfortunately, people in England will have longer to wait to get their locks tamed as hairdressers do not open south of the border until Monday 12 April, along with other close-contact services.
In Scotland, the more significant reopening of the economy will occur from 26 April.
That is because, by mid-April, the government plans to have offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine to all nine priority groups, depending on supply, which will allow for a more significant easing of restrictions.
So, at the end of April, outdoor and some indoor hospitality venues will reopen along with more shops, gyms and tourist accommodation.
Also on this date, the travel ban will be lifted entirely within Scotland as the country returns to the levels system.
It is hoped that mainland Scotland will move from Level 4 to Level 3 while the island communities could move from Level 3 to Level 2.
Ms Sturgeon said time would need to be taken to monitor these "significant changes" carefully, with further steps to be taken in mid-May and then in early June.
Will there be Covid rules in hairdressers?
When hairdressers were open during the local protection levels system they were instructed to operate in a Covid-secure manner, and these rules have been reinstated as barbers and salons have opened back up.
Rules include staff wearing face shields and masks, and plastic screens set up to separate different styling stations.
Appointments have been reduced to limit the number of people in a salon at one time.
Hairdressers are also unable to offer clients food or drinks during their appointment.
There are increased hygiene rules for both staff and clients in place, including hand sanitising and wiping down chairs, equipment and surfaces.