Britons warned price of haircuts to surge as salons face huge PPE costs – ‘We had to’

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will have to keep a record of customers for 21 days to assist the nation’s test and trace operation, which aims to identify and contain any local flare-ups of coronavirus and stop a second wave of infections. Customers should also expect prices to go up as businesses will face a huge cost for PPE to keep them safe from contracting the virus. 

West London hairdresser Tariq told LBC he’s having to increase his prices to cover the costs of PPE following the coronavirus lockdown.

He said: “We raised the prices to be honest because PPE costs us money.

“So we have to raise the price to just break even at least.

“So before COVID a short haircut was £24. I raised it by £4 just because of the PPE.”

Live performances, including drama, comedy and music, will also not be allowed, the government said.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said on Tuesday pubs, restaurants and hotels could reopen in England on July 4, easing the coronavirus lockdown that has all but shut the economy.

He also reduced social distancing from two metres to one metre, a change that will allow many more pubs and restaurants to reopen.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said 75 percent of pubs in England, 28,000 in total, would be able to reopen. Under two-metre social distancing rules, only a third of England’s pubs, 12,500, would have been able to reopen.

“As an industry we will be doing everything we can to ensure both our customers and staff are safe in our pubs,” BBPA Chief Executive Emma McClarkin said.

“We do have significant concerns over the collection and storage of personal customer data when visiting the pub.”

Business Minister Alok Sharma said he would consult with the industry on data regulation, noting that restaurants and hairdressers already kept information when people made bookings.

“We what to work with the sector, we want to work with trade unions, to make sure we get this absolutely right and I’ll be doing that later on this week,” he told LBC radio on Wednesday.

Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to ensure Britain is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a second wave of coronavirus.

Ministers have been warned that urgent action is needed to prevent further loss of life and to protect the economy amid growing fears of a renewed outbreak over the winter.

The appeal is backed by the presidents of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons, GPs and Nursing – as well as the chairman of the British Medical Association.

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The Prime Minister said the two-metre social-distancing rule would be replaced with a “one-metre plus” rule paving the way for pubs, restaurants, hotels and cinemas to begin reopening from July 4.

In an open letter to the leaders of all the UK political parties published in the British Medical Journal, the health leaders call for a “rapid and forward-looking assessment” of the state of national preparedness in the event of a renewed flare-up.

“While the future shape of the pandemic in the UK is hard to predict, the available evidence indicates that local flare-ups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk,” they said.

“Many elements of the infrastructure needed to contain the virus are beginning to be put in place, but substantial challenges remain.

“The job now is not only to deal urgently with the wide-ranging impacts of the first phase of the pandemic but to ensure that the country is adequately prepared to contain a second phase.”

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