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Boris Johnson has today announced a provisional date for hairdressers re-opening as part of his roadmap out of lockdown.
The gradual relaxing of rules will start on 8 March – with a second step allowing more mixing outdoors then allowed on 29 March.
After that, further restrictions are expected to lift in stages, with roughly five weeks between each phase.
Mr Johnson maintains that all the changes will be dictated by the available data at the time. But unless there are any significant changes in infection levels, hairdressers should be re-opening on April 12.
It's all part of the PM's "cautious but irreversible" unpicking of a lockdown that has, one way or another, lasted almost a year.
From April 12 at the earliest shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will be allowed to reopen, the Government’s road map promises.
The new four-step plan to ease lockdown could see the end of all restrictions on social contact lifted by June 21.
This requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new Covid variants to be met at each stage.
Speaking in Parliament, the Prime Minister told MPs the planned would be led by "data not dates".
Sylvia, a hairdresser in Middlesbrough, told the BBC she was happy to wait to reopen to keep people safe.
"It’s the price we have to pay financially, emotionally and hair-wise," she said.
"To save lives is the most important thing. I’m just prepared to dig in deep."
Tory MP Mark Harper, who chairs the anti-lockdown Covid Recovery Group, says there is no justification for continuing with any restrictions beyond the end of April, by which time all over-50s are expected to have been vaccinated.
As part of the first step of easing the lockdown in England, from March 8, all schools will reopen with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed.
Recreation in outdoor public spaces such as parks between two people will be allowed, meaning friends will be able to sit down for a coffee, drink, or picnic.
- Boris Johnson
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