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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Brielle Biermann Hopes Mom Kim Never Returns to 'RHOA': It's 'Not Good'

Stay where you are! Despite NeNe Leakes wanting Kim Zolciak-Biermann back on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Brielle Biermann is hoping that doesn’t happen.

“I don’t know why she would. She has her own TV show and it’s doing great and it’s super fun to film and I don’t know why she would put herself back into that crazy environment,” Brielle, 23, told Us Weekly exclusively while promoting her new KAB cosmetics line and her mom’s Salty K swimwear line. “I mean maybe if it was less negativity, more positivity [and] a couple of people were replaced. Yeah, she’d probably go back.”

Brielle also feels that it’s “not good” when her mom is filming Housewives. “I don’t want her to go back,” the model told Us. “Coming home and being drained every single day because of all the negativity, it’s just not the vibe.”

Kim, 42, was an original cast member on the Bravo hit but left at the end of season 5. She is currently the star of her own reality show, Don’t Be Tardy, which has been on for seven years.

“Here, it’s not work. It’s fun. It’s family. You’re just filming your life,” the makeup artist explained. “That is work. You have to put on a brave face every day and you have to know that you’re walking into a situation where you could possibly be attacked and interrogated the whole entire day. And that’s just, like, who wants to do that? Right? I don’t even know how most of them stay on that show.”

That said, the Georgia native has never seen any of the Real Housewives episodes.

“I don’t watch any TV. I love Kyle Richards. She’s really sweet, just because I know her personally,” she told Us. “I don’t know what she’s like on the TV show. I’ve never seen it, but I really love her. She’s a sweet person. I’ve known Shereé [Whitfield] and NeNe basically my whole life.”

As for the status of Don’t Be Tardy, the family wrapped season 8 in January. Usually, they begin filming again in March or April but have not resumed production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t know when season 8 is supposed to air because Bravo’s not filming, I’m assuming, any new content for any shows right now,” she said. “They’re probably trying to figure out when things are going to air so that way they can make up for lost time, in a sense.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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Toby Alderweireld hopes for ‘joy’ after tablet donation to hospitals

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is trying “to bring a little bit of joy” to those with coronavirus by donating tablets to hospitals and nursing homes.

The Belgium international has already paid for dozens of devices and has more on the way for those who are isolated.

“We are already getting messages from people who can now speak to their families and it has been a real help,” he told 5 Live’s Euro Leagues show.

“I didn’t do it for a reaction, just to help but it has been so positive.”

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Alderweireld was moved to try to help those suffering with the virus and hopes his donation has made a difference.

“In the UK we are a little bit behind Europe, I was getting news from across Europe so I was in a coronavirus state of mind,” he said.

“I called my dad and said we have to do something, we have to try to help.

“We were brainstorming, my dad contacted some hospitals and they said we need some tablets for people who are isolated, especially older people who don’t have a phone. It keeps a visual connection with loved ones, which was impossible otherwise.

“It makes me very happy and makes me sad that I can’t help everyone but I am trying the best I can. If it can bring just a little bit of joy to their lives it is great.”

‘We have to be ready for 30 April’

No decision has yet been taken on when the Premier League will return to action, and Alderweireld says all the players can do is to work to the date they have been given, with English football suspended until at least 30 April.

The centre-back has all the fitness equipment he needs to train at home and is trying to take some positives from the situation.

“It’s a strange feeling now – you want football back, you want everything to be normal again, but on the other hand I am at home and can spend a lot of time with my children,” he says.

“That’s a small positive. I am lucky to have them close to me. I have two little children so if I am not training I have my hands full.

“In my mind I have to be ready to play again on 30 April, even if we know that maybe that will be difficult, nobody knows. We have to be ready and we are focusing on that.

“Football is very important, it’s much more than just a game but on the other hand the most important thing in life is family. Health and family should always be number one.

“I left home when I was 15, I gave everything for football but right now football has been put into context by what is going on.”

Tottenham have confirmed that forwards Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn have been allowed to return home during the enforced break.

Son, who is recovering from a broken arm, left London on Friday with his parents and will spend two weeks in isolation as per the South Korean government’s requirements after travelling from the UK.

Bergwijn has returned to the Netherlands before the birth of his first child.

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