On Wednesday, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that Wales would see tighter coronavirus regulations introduced after Christmas.
Beginning on December 28, Wales will enter “alert level four” – the highest level of the government’s traffic light system to control coronavirus.
It is expected that all of Wales will be in one level of restriction, but this could change and local lockdowns brought in if the situation requires.
You can read more details about the new levels here.
What do the new restrictions mean for hairdressers?
One of the measures outlined in the regulatory restrictions for alert level four is the closure of “close contact services”, which includes hairdressers and beauty salons.
This means that, like the firebreak lockdown in late October and early November, hairdressers must close their doors, as all close contact businesses will be required to shut at the end of trading on December 24.
In an update on the new regulations introduced on Wednesday, the National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) said it was awaiting confirmation on the exact time that businesses in Wales must close on December 24.
Once closed, hairdressers and salons will then not be able to operate between closing on Christmas Eve and December 28, and will remain closed as long as Wales remains in alert level four.
Since March, hairdressers have closed and re-opened several times. In October WalesOnline reported that salons scrambled to fit in as many clients as possible before the firebreak lockdown measures came into effect.
Hairdressers and beauty salons must close their doors at at the end of trading on December 24
They will then not be able to operate between closing on Christmas Eve and December 28
They will not be able to operate from December 28 onwards, when Wales enters “alert level four” restrictions
There is currently no date set for when alert level three restrictions will be introduced, when hairdressers will be able to re-open, but the Welsh Government will review the measures every three weeks starting in January
At the beginning of December, the NHBF published the results of a survey from hair and beauty salons across the UK, which found that almost 40% of UK salons were not earning enough to cover outgoings such as rent, overheads, staff costs and stock.
Hairdressers and salons in Wales will be permitted to re-open once the level is lowered to alert level three, which is “high risk”.
There is currently no date set for when the Welsh Government will review the alert level, but it will be reviewed every three weeks starting in January.
The Welsh Government will decide what level Wales is in based on a series of different indicators.
According to the plan, different parts of Wales can be at different alert levels – although the government acknowledges that this will reduce the effectiveness of the measures.
There are about a dozen indicators for each level, and you can find the full list here.