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Hairdressers, shops and gyms open doors for keen customers at midnight as lockdown eases

It wasn’t just thirsty punters back on the streets at the stroke of midnight as hairdressers were also seen taking on late-night clients.

Announcing the changes last Monday, Boris Johnson said the lockdown rules relaxation was “fully justified” but urged the public not to be complacent.

The unlocking meant a rush to beer gardens, as punters booked tables for their first pub pints in months, and many were seen lining up for a midnight beverage on Monday.

But it was also a huge relief for those desperate to trim that lockdown mop as hairdressers and beauty salons also opened their doors from midnight.

Kelly Boad, owner of Hair & Beauty Gallery, gives Sue Butcher a haircut
Kelly Boad, owner of Hair & Beauty Gallery, gives Sue Butcher a haircut

Non-essential retail as well as public attractions and gyms have all also re-opened.

Pictures taken on Monday showed clients making the most of the easing of restrictions.

Kelly Boad, owner of Hair & Beauty Gallery, was pictured giving customer Sue Butcher a haircut as non-essential businesses opened up.

Other images showed Secret Spa hair stylist Nas Ganev trimming the hair of clients from the comfort of their homes.

Amy Pallister, 27, was photographed just after midnight at her home in Balham, south London.

Secret Spa hair stylist Nas Ganev cuts the hair of Amy Pallister, 27
Secret Spa hair stylist Nas Ganev cuts the hair of Amy Pallister, 27, just after midnight

Secret Spa hair stylist Nas Ganev (left) and tan artist Magdelaine Gibson arrive for a midnight spa
Secret Spa hair stylist Nas Ganev (left) and tan artist Magdelaine Gibson arrive for a midnight spa

Five housemates desperate for a trim and tan had booked Secret Spa stylist Nas Ganev and tan artist Magdelaine Gibson to visit their home at one minute past midnight for haircuts and bronzed skin.

Secret Spa, which offers at-home beauty and wellness services in London, Manchester and Brighton, have extended their opening hours to accommodate 350 beauty treatments on the first day of restrictions lifting, with the first appointments beginning at one minute past midnight

While many restrictions have now lifted there are still a raft of things that you cannot do.

You still can’t have any indoor social gatherings with anyone not in your household or bubble. That will only be allowed from May 17 at the earliest.

Secret spa hair stylist Nas Ganev cuts hair
Many are eager to trim that lockdown mop after months

Secret spa hair stylist Nas Ganev cuts hair
The firm has extended their hours to accommodate

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality will all still be outdoors and table-service only.

Overseas travel is still illegal, aside from a tiny number of exceptions.

Overnight stays are only available in self-contained accommodation – so holiday lets are OK, but hotels and B&Bs are still out.

People queueing outside The Oak Inn in Coventry
Queues were also spotted outside pubs just before midnight

Patrons of The Oak Inn in Coventry
Punters can make the most of pubs being re-opened as well as shops

Nightclubs, soft play, saunas and steam rooms are still out of action.

And aside from the Covid certification pilot schemes, in-person entertainment, such as sports events, theatre, comedy clubs and concerts are still yet to return.



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