A number of hair and beauty salons in Derby are opening late tomorrow to cope with demand ahead of the second Covid-19 lockdown.
Announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last weekend, the new restrictions will come into force on Thursday, November 5, lasting until Wednesday, December 2.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF), which represents the industry, said salons across the country had been inundated with bookings, with customers rushing to get appointments before Wednesday night’s deadline.
Many salons have decided to extend their opening hours, including Beauty Box, in Stenson Road, which is set to be open until midnight tomorrow.
Manager Baljit Rangi explained the decision to shut at midnight rather than the usual closing time of 7pm.
He said: “Since the announcement about the new lockdown, we have had the most customer footfall since before the original lockdown, and our appointment books are almost all full, which only happens for Eid and Christmas celebrations.
“People have started to panic as they’ve realised they cannot get any beauty treatments done for the next four weeks.
“So far, our latest appointment is 10.30pm, we’re not fully booked as we have called extra staff in to cope now.”
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Mr Rangi fears that the salon, which has been open for eight years, may not be allowed to open straight away when the second lockdown ends in early December.
He added: “We were one of the last businesses to open after the first lockdown as we do a lot of face treatments, so I don’t think we will be allowed to open straightaway, but we have our fingers crossed we will be opening.
“It would be nice to know if we will be allowed to open on December 2 or whether it will be tiered opening.
“There was a lot of financial support during the first lockdown, but we feel during this one if it gets extended we will struggle.”
Elsewhere in the city, the Harvey Luke Hair salons in Oakwood and Chellaston have been operating under extended opening hours since the second lockdown was announced.
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Manager Kirsty Whitehurst says both salons are fully booked for the final day of trading before a month of enforced closure. The salons will be open from 8am until 9pm tomorrow.
She said: “We have had some of the team that were on annual leave come into the salon to help out, our team of 17 have done overtime to get as many of our clients in as possible.
“We have been working 8-9 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday across both of our salons.
“We are upset that salons are having to close, as we have invested so much time and effort into making the salon Covid-secure and the feedback that we have had has been incredible.
“But unfortunately as the virus has continued to spread it means we all have our part to play in protecting the community, our clients and our team.
“We have everything crossed that we are able to open at the beginning of December, we will be fully prepared and have an extra busy December ahead.
“All the team will be working extra hours and we will be opening the salon on Sundays to ensure we can get everyone an appointment.”