Getting your lockdown mop chopped is among the top priorities for many people, so barbers and salons in Lincoln were largely delighted by the news they can reopen again next month.
The government has issued guidelines on close contact services, including hair salons and barbers, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced can reopen on July 4 in the next phase of the plan to ease lockdown. However, these businesses must not provide services which remain prohibited including nail, beauty and tanning services.
Matt Smith, co-owner of The Junxion with Luke Sleight, is looking forward to returning to business.
He told The Lincolnite the salon on Moorland Avenue in Lincoln already has a spacious layout and they will be limiting it to no more than six to seven customers in at any one time, with all spaced two metres apart.
Walk-in appointments will still be accepted, but on a more reduced scale, but it has been changed so gents can now also book online.
Matt said: “We are very happy and ready for it. I don’t think it will be too different, but like with shopping, it will be more relaxed whilst also following the guidelines. All the team are ready to go and can’t wait to get started. I have spoken to other local salon owners and they too are ready to get back to what they do best.”
He added that there will be sanitising stations inside the salon and customers will be required to wear a mask. There will be a small fee to pay for any customers not bringing their own mask.
Other barbers and hairdressers in and around Lincoln are also getting ready to reopen on July 4, including The Gentry on West Parade.
The Gentry has asked for patience from customers saying “by the amount of enquiries we’ve had already we know how desperate you are to either get that newly acquired lockdown mane shorn off or have that home-cut fringe rescued”.
Everyone currently on the list awaiting appointments will be emailed with individual dates and times. Everyone else still waiting can book through the Nearcut app.
Zanaz Style Lounge Hair Salon & Barbers on Wolsey Way will be introducing an electronic queue system for the barber side of the business.
This means going to the barbers’ door to register your details before being advised on an estimated wait time. Customers will be asked to wait outside, in their car, or if there is a long wait time to come back later.
Customers will then receive a text shortly before they are required for the time slot. They must then approach the door with the text message and follow the directions of staff.
Customers will also be asked a series of health questions to support the NHS Track & Trace system, and they will also be required to wear a mask. A mask can be provided at an additional cost. The venues have to save the data for 21 days.
Anyone wishing to make an appointment with the Salon needs to complete an online booking request.
The Demon Barber of Lincoln will be offering services from its new venue of Barber Black Sheep on Park Street.
It will offer the usual services with the exception of anything beard or shaving related for the first 30 days, although this could change.
Mr Benjamin’s Barbers at The Terrace on Grantham Street was “elated” to announce its July 4 return and is now fine tuning its plans to ensure the safety of staff and clients.