Hairdressers and pub owners welcome reopening news

In a bid to assist their reopening, the safe social distance will become “one metre plus”. Credit: ITV News Central

Hairdressers are among those businesses that will be allowed to reopen on July the 4th.

That's when the hospitality industry in England will reopen, the prime minister has announced, and the two metre rule will become “one metre plus”.

Barrie Stephens, who owns a string of salons in and around Leicester has welcomed the news and says he and his staff are keen to get back to business.

But things won't be completely back to normal. Inside, the layouts have been altered and at one salon, an extra room upstairs has been opened to ensure proper social-distancing.

Barrie has also put in place measures to ensure they can operate safely.

He said: "Each of the appointments are staggered on the hour. So, we may make an appointment at 9 o'clock.

The next client will be coming in at 10.15 and so on. That's how we've staggered the appointments. They'll be two shifts as I said and there’ll be a handover, and a full deep clean and sanitisation halfway through the day.”

Boris Johnson said all measures will be under review. Credit: ITV News Central

Elsewhere, a pub in Shropshire has also welcomed the news of being able to reopen in July.

The landlord and landlady of the Jasper's Arms have been preparing for weeks and are looking forward to pulling pints for their regulars again.

Aled Rees, Landlord said: "The change of the rule down to 1 metre will be massive. It'll ensure that pubs now become viable again."

PM says the two metre rule should be followed where possible. Credit: ITV News Central

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