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Coronavirus: Barbers and Hairdressers to stay closed until July at the earliest, says Dominic Raab

Monday 11 May 2020 UK

Political reporter @GregHeffer

The foreign secretary tells Sky News that many businesses won't reopen until phase three of the plan to ease the lockdown.

No pubs or haircuts until 4 July at the earliest

Britons won't be able to get a haircut, visit a pub or dine in a restaurant until 4 July at the "very earliest", Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has told Sky News. Under the government's three-phase plan for easing the coronavirus lockdown, those who can't work from home will be encouraged to return to work from Wednesday. Mr Raab said this "modest" change to the lockdown would include builders and those who work in manufacturing. No pubs or haircuts until 4 July at the earliest A full list of who is being asked to go back to work this week will be published later today, when the government will also publish a 50-page document on its strategy. In the second phase of the government's plan, which would begin on 1 June at the earliest, some shops might be able to reopen. However, Mr Raab confirmed hairdressers, pubs and restaurants would have to wait until phase three, from 4 July at the "very earliest", to be reconsidered for reopening. "From 4 July, at the earliest, we'll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers," the foreign secretary told Sky News' Kay Burley @ Breakfast show.

Scotland and Wales are still taking a cautious approach and restrictions will remain in place. Please Visit GOV.UK for the latest updates and confirmed guidelines.


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