Covid-19: beauty salons in Scotland could reopen from end of April (the earliest)

Beauty salons and hairdressers in Scotland could start to reopen from the last week of April (the earliest) as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus roadmap, dependent on the data and how well the vaccine rollout is going. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced this news in an address on February 23, where she made a statement on Scotland’s route out of Covid-19 lockdown. 

Sturgeon revealed that if all goes to plan then the country will move back to a levels system from the last week in April, with hopes that all parts of the country that are currently in Level 4 can move to Level 3. “Some parts of the country can move faster than others, if the data allows it,” she added. 

Read our guide to Scotland’s five-level system of coronavirus restrictions here.

She then said that from the last week of April Scotland could expect to see a “phased but significant” reopening of the economy, which would see non-essential retail such as beauty salons, hairdressers, gyms and retail reopen their doors once again. 

A document will be coming mid-March which will explain in greater detail how the Government plans to reopen the economy from late April onwards, giving information on the content of each level and the order of how those parts of the economy will start reopening. 

Sturgeon said: "I will set out our initial priorities and an indicative time frame for cautiously easing restrictions and restoring greater normality to our life just as quickly as it is safe and sustainable to do so."

The First Minister admitted that they are being deliberately cautious at this stage, but if the data shows a drastic improvement in cutting down the virus rates than lifting restrictions could potentially be accelerated. 

Last week, the Scottish Government announced it was providing more Covid-19 financial support to mobile and home-based beauty therapists with the Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund and The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.  

This news follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on the England coronavirus roadmap, which will see salons and spas reopen from April 12 the earliest

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In other news, salons in Northern Ireland will remain closed until at least April 1while the Covid-19 lockdown in Wales has been extended until mid-March