It is heartbreaking that once again salons in England are having to close their doors and in Scotland, Ireland and Wales other tough restrictions apply. So it’s bitter-sweet to hear that the SAGE report reveals hair and barber salons are not to blame for rise in infections.
Following extensive discussions and debate between The Hair and Barber Council and BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) concerning the Covid infections rates relating to our industry, we have at last received a statement from SAGE research stating the following:
It has emerged that hairdressing and non-essential retail as SAGE research shows these services only contribute ‘up to 0.05’ to the ‘R’ rate!
The Hair and Barber Council has been lobbying to get these results released for weeks, and at last these rates categorically show that our industry and indeed all non-essential retail, is not responsible for the increase in Covid-19 infection rates throughout the UK!
CEO and Registrar, Keith Conniford, says: “It has been difficult to obtain these figures but we have had extensive discussions to find out what effects our industry is having on transmission of infections. We’re delighted to see that all the hard work by hair and barber salons to ensure their businesses are Covid safe has paid off and we will continue to fight for the industry to be properly supported in recognition of this.”