Hairdresser Gabrial Daniels is demanding answers from the Government – as he waits to find out when his salon can reopen.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to provide more clarity for the hospitality sector during this afternoon’s daily Downing Street briefing.
It is also set to include the result of the review into the two-metre social distancing rule.
But that is too little, too late for Gabrial who runs Toni and Guy on Ironmarket, in Newcastle.
The 37-year-old said: “We were just told that we had to close. The closure has had a big impact on my mental health because there’s the stress of constantly waiting around and doing nothing and not being able to do anything.
“I am anxious about the future of the business. In a way I feel positive because I need to stay positive but I am scared that potentially we might not be able to open if we are not given the direct guidelines.”
The salon first opened in 2002. It has stocked up on personal protective equipment (PPE), including disposable gloves, masks and gowns.
Gabrial added: “We’ve not been given any advice from the Government. They need to be clearer.
“We need to be given clear and direct guidelines regarding what is expected of us for us to be able to reopen. We need to be given a clear date. We are supposed to be opening in two weeks and yet we don’t know if that will give us enough time to put everything in place.
“We have over speculated and got section separators. I’ve lost 50 per cent of my seating plan. The PPE we’re supplying will not be charged for and we’re not making any price changes as of yet.
“We are all prepared, we have been for the last week. Even before lockdown we were washing our hands on a regular basis before it was fashionable. A salon is a very clean and hygienic environment. We’ve just stepped it up even more.
“I feel like the Government has let down the hair industry – we have been sidelined.
“I’m hoping that the Government is not going to turn around and say it is delaying the reopening of salons.
“We’ve started to take bookings now so there are a lot of people out there who are expecting hairdressers to be open on July 4 and if we don’t it is going to push us even more into a bad situation because clients will start looking for underground hairdressing, they are going to be breaking the law.
“There are stylists out there who are going to start doing mobile hairdressing. All I’m waiting for is to be given the green light to say when we can reopen. People need to understand that the hairdressing sector is a service provider and it is going to become more structured.
“There are going to be hairdressers out there who are not providing PPE and not following proper regulations.”