Hairdressers and garden centers on Monday reopened in Scotland as the country eases out of lockdown.
As part of its route out of pandemic restrictions, retail stores that may now reopen include hairdressers and barbers, homeware shops, electrical repair shops and vehicle showrooms.
Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 can also start playing outdoor sports.
Hairdresser Alan Edwards said he and his clients were “super excited” about being able to have their hair coloured and cut for the first time in months.
“It’s absolutely amazing,’’ he told broadcaster ITV. “Everyone’s waiting to have their hair colour done, which is the big thing. It really helps people’s self-esteem.’’
“What we’ve had to do is reduce the client capacity down to 50 per cent. We have an appointment system, we have all the protocols in order, we have hand sanitizer and we have screens to separate the clients out to make them feel safe,’’ he added.
Hairdressers and barbers reopened in Wales on March 15, while in England they are due to reopen on April 12.
The Northern Irish government has not yet announced when hairdressers and barbers will reopen. (dpa/NAN)