Matt Hancock raises hopes Brits could soon get their weird lockdown hairdos fixed – The Sun

MATT Hancock yesterday sparked hopes Brits could soon be able to get their dodgy barnets trimmed at the hairdresser.

Amid a growing clamour for salons to reopen, the Health Secretary said the challenge is not “insurmountable”.

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He refused to give a date for when barbers will be back up and running. But he said ministers are busy trying to thrash out plans to see if social distancing and PPE equipment can make hairdressers safe.

He told ITV’s This Morning he would “love” to see salons reopen.

He added: “And the way to do that is to ensure that, when it is safe to do so, hairdressing is brought back in a way that itself is safe – so, protective equipment. We are working on what it would look like to have the protective equipment in place.

"Hairdressing, like so many industries, we're doing everything we can to support them through what is inevitably an incredibly difficult time."

The Hair and Barber Council has begged ministers to let its members reopen on June 15 alongside other non-essential shops.

Mr Hancock refused to commit to the date but said he will work with salons to try to get them back in business; The Cabinet minister also revealed he has got his missus to cut his tresses in the lockdown.

Mr Hancock said he was “inspired” to seek her help after watching This Morning host Phillip Schofield get a DIY cut from his wife Stephanie.

Many countries, including Spain and Germany, have already let hairdressers reopen.

But they have to follow strict new guidelines, including the wearing of masks and social distancing between customers.


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The worst beer gardens in Britain – but we bet you’d still love a pint in one after 8 weeks in lockdown

AFTER eight weeks in lockdown, Brits are eager to return to the humble pub garden.

However, not all of them are that enticing, with some rather depressing gardens across the UK.

While a pub beer garden is a staple in all summer plans, some pubs didn't get the memo to make them nice for punters.

Outdoor heating, comfy seats and a great view are just some of the things that make a relaxing drink with friends.

Instead, these gardens offer brick wall-views, dodgy seating and creepy ambience.

We've rounded up some of the worst offenders – which you might still end up visiting after lockdown

1. Locked doors

2. Social distancing to the extreme

3. Double parked

4. Room and a view

5. Take a seat

6. Nearly plastered

7. Sloshed by lunchtime

8. Pint-size space

9. Hole in the wall

10. Seeing double doors

11. Warning signs

12. Outdoor seating

Pub gardens may be able to open by next month – although may be slightly different than before.

Farms and streets should be allowed to be used for extra space when reopening pub gardens, according to a tourism boss.

Tourism Alliance director Kurt Janson told Sun Online Travel: "Pubs could open back onto fields, especially in rural areas, and use farmer's fields to increase the footfall."

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