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Hairdressers and beauty salons in England ‘to stay shut until April’

Hairdressers and beauty salon shops in England may be forced to remain closed until April, according to reports.

Industry insiders suggest that hairdressers, waxing and threading services, as well as nail shops may be closed until April.

Boris Johnson will make a coronavirus announcement at a Downing Street press conference on Monday.

Here he will outline a blueprint of how lockdown rules in England will be relaxed, The Mirror reports.

So far the only date the government has set in stone is the March 8 return to schools.

Reports in both The Sun and The Telegraph claim the PM will allow outdoor meet-ups between two separate households by Easter as a first step toward relaxing gathering rules.

Families and friends could gather in gardens and parks by early April, according to the reports.

But personal grooming services could have to wait until the end of April, the newspapers report.

Earlier analysis had suggested ‘non-essential’ shops such as hairdressing salons could open towards the end of March.

But the Telegraph cited insiders claiming the two-metre social distancing rule could return for another two months, holding back indoor businesses.

And the Sun featured warnings from sources that close-contact treatments such as waxing and nails services could have to wait even longer.

Reopening hospitality – including pubs, restaurants and cafes- is widely speculated to be the last step due to fears about the virus spreading more easily indoors.

The reports come as the UK’s vaccination effort closed the week nearing a milestone 17million first doses.

The UK’s ‘R’ rate lingered below one for a second week running, as daily death and infection numbers continued a steady downward trend.

Officials announced on Friday the number of new Covid-19 infections in the UK is shrinking by 3%
to 6% each day.

Mr Johnson is expected to lay out a “cautious and prudent” route out of national restrictions on Monday.

He had previously warned that England’s third lockdown may not be its last due to mutant variants threatening the country’s recovery.

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