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NHBF respond to Northern Ireland Executive’s shambolic decision making

November 20, 2020

The Northern Ireland Executive late on Friday 20th November, announced that close contact services can open today for a week but will have to close again on Friday 27 November for a further two weeks.  

This is another huge blow to the hair and beauty sector in Northern Ireland where again last minute decisions have been made, without any clarification of the financial support which will be available.

We’re talking directly to the Northern Ireland Executive and expect further information on financial support packages early next week.

Richard Lambert, NHBF chief executive said,

“It’s almost inevitable that hair and beauty salons will want cram as much business as they can into the next week, so it’s vital that they remember to #DoItRight to keep themselves, the staff and their clients safe.

“No one wants to be closed a moment longer than necessary, but the growing sense of indecision and about-turns helps no one and is destroying confidence in the Executive. What businesses need from government right now is clear thinking, consistent decision-making and the common sense to confirm financial supports alongside any further restrictions.  What we’ve got is the Stormont version of the hokey-cokey.”

If you are a hair and beauty business in Northern Ireland we want to hear from you about how these decisions are affecting you, your business and your mental health and well-being.

For more information and FAQs, please visit and follow the National Hair & Beauty Federation on social at @nhbfsocial.