Residents looking for a haircut, style, colour or other treatment may have to wait until Easter to visit their local salon.
This is the fear of a Nottingham salon owner, who has reacted with concern following the Tier 4 announcement on Wednesday (December 30).
Under the new ‘Stay At Home’ Government guidance, all hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, as well as tattoo and massage parlours, spas and piercing services must close.
These services are also unable to take place inside other peoples’ homes, meaning people who travel to clients’ houses are also unable to work.
Salons join other non-essential high street retailers, gyms and leisure centres in being forced to close – some for the third time in nine months.
And for many in the beauty industry, the announcement has been met with concern – with the owner of a Nottinghamshire waxing salon feeling this closure will last for “a good few months”.
Rebecca Dowdeswell, who runs her two nkd salons in Nottingham and Leicester, says she is “not confident” of a swift reopening but feels a longer closure may be beneficial.
“It’s difficult but it’s not a surprise whatsoever,” she told Nottinghamshire Live.
“I think people would have been mad if they thought there was going to be a different outcome.
“But we’ve just got to put up with it, it’s worrying for everyone.
“I feel like this time it could be for a good few months, a repeat of last Spring, and I’m not confident we will be open again before Easter.
“It’s a personal view, but I think this time they will really try and stamp it out until the vaccine is properly rolled out.
“What has been difficult is the opening and closing, that for us is very hard to manage – especially being a solely appointment-based business.
“I would almost rather stay closed for longer, and then we know that – when we do reopen – we are reopening for good.”
Other business owners in the beauty industry have also spoken out about the announcement.
Ewa Tinklin, who runs ‘Twisted Tinkz’ Modern Barbers on Low Moor Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, is devastated about her third closure in nine months.
She said: “To be told to close for the third time in just nine months feels like a kick in the teeth for our business.
“We’ve done everything we’ve been told to do and much more.
“Customers told us how safe they felt – they were very happy to bring their kids and elderly relatives to the shop.
“In between lockdowns, we’ve been extremely busy as a result. I feel businesses like mine are being made scapegoat for Government failures.
“We always take the safety of customers extremely seriously.
“That’s why we covered the chairs, workstations and door handles with a material impregnated with silver nitrate that is known for killing viruses within 10 minutes.
“We also provided face masks and shields for staff and disposable gowns for customers.”
No time frame has been set for when Tier 4 measures will come to an end in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
However, the Government has committed to fortnightly reviews of alert levels and the next one is due on or around January 13, 2021.