Barnets and baboons - here’s everything you need to know when heading back to the salons or out to the zoos!
It has been months since we've been able to go and get our hair done, with some of us braving the self chop just to get by. But you can put away your clippers for now, as hairdressers, barbers, salons and most beauty services are back up and running once again. So if you are heading out to get your barnet sorted, here's a few things to remember.
As with other indoor settings, you must visit alone or only with other members from your household. Try to arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive too early, you may be asked to wait outside to keep the premises at a safe capacity. You will be expected to wear a mask and use hand sanitiser provided when entering the site. Businesses have been urged not to supply magazines and newspapers, for obvious reasons. Staff will be wearing masks and visors, and have been encouraged not to lean over you, cutting only from the back or the sides. Enhanced cleaning will be ongoing throughout and one way systems should be in place where possible.
Due to the close contact nature of salons, they've had a tough time of it over the course of the pandemic. There are an estimated 45,000 hair and beauty businesses across the UK, generating up to £8billion a year before covid. They were one of the few businesses bucking the trend of the failing high street, and have been credited with ensuring the survival of many of our town centres.
And as we know, they're not the only ones who have had a tough time of it. Our nations Zoos have faced unbelievable challenges since the pandemic hit. Where as many other businesses have been able to furlough staff, you can't furlough animals. And just because the Zoos weren't open, doesn't mean they weren't spending huge sums of money to keep their animals happy and healthy. Zoos like Northumberland Country Zoo, cost around £9,000 a week to run. They said that the past year has been the worst in the Zoos history, having to rely on government support and the kindness of the public, generating more than £40,000 in donations.
The easing of lockdown has meant that Zoos can open back up again, with some changes in the place to keep visitors and staff safe. Masks will be required for all indoor spaces, including indoor animal enclosures. Only visit in groups of six or two households together. There will be opportunities for hand washing and sanitising throughout, and you are asked to do this regularly. Avoid touching surfaces, such as fences and notice boards. And do be patient with other visitors and staff, keeping a safe distance of 2 meters or more between you and others. Some rules may differ depending on where you're headed, so whatever you're doing, wherever you're going, do check ahead with your choice of venue or activity if you're unsure of any of the rules or need more information.