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Relaxation of social distancing could allow hairdressers in Surrey and Hampshire to reopen

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Relaxation of social distancing could allow hairdressers in Surrey and Hampshire to reopen

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 23rd June 2020. (Updated at 6:18am 23rd June 2020)

Hairdressers in Surrey and Hampshire are waiting to find out whether they can reopen their doors on 4 July, in line with the government's roadmap for lifting the lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce today (23 June) that the two metre social distancing rules can be relaxed to one metre.

The government has said it will publish detailed guidance to ensure those companies that can reopen are "COVID secure".

Grant and Company Hairdressing in Farnham has spent the past few weeks preparing to reopen under the current guidelines, but has said the reduction will "make it easier in the long term".

They are encouraging clients to bring in their own face masks, although they can provide disposable masks, not to bring coats and to wait outside the salon if somebody else is already at reception.

Clients will only see their stylist during their visit and will not be able to buy any retail products, read magazines or be given drinks.

Stylists at Grant and Company will be wearing disposable aprons, masks and gloves, which are also available to clients, and each section of the salon will be cleaned between customers.

Debbie Flanders, a partner at the salon, told Eagle Radio:

"We just want people to feel really happy to come back and not to feel that we haven't done everything we possibly can to make sure the salon is clean.

"We want our staff to obviously feel very safe.

"We're limiting the amount of staff we're having in.

"We're really looking forward to having the possibility of opening, obviously, and welcoming all of our clients back in here.

"If we can go down to one metre, I think it will make it easier for us when we're taking clients over to the basins, when we're seeing clients in and maybe the stylists will be able to have more than one client in."