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Coronavirus: Hairdressers and pub landlords ‘still scared’ of virus despite reopening | UK News

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Thousands of businesses across England can reopen today in the most significant easing of lockdown rules so far.

Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are among the places set to welcome back customers for the first time since the end of March.

But one business owner told Sky News that although he needed to get back to work to pay his rent, he feels “a little bit scared” to do so.

“I have the sanitiser, I’m wearing gloves but still I have to touch people’s faces and I’m very close to them,” Ed Rahimi, a barber in Greater Manchester said.

“I’m a little bit scared. Coronavirus doesn’t care who you are and I think we’re going to be back in lockdown within the next few weeks,” he added.

Pubs will be able to open indoor tables to customers but with significant new social distancing restrictions in place.

The New Inn pub in Clapham, Lancashire, has implemented a one-way system to control movement, table-service only and is only taking a third of its normal number of customers.

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Ed Rahimi, a barber in Greater Manchester, says he feels ‘a little bit scared’ at reopening today

Landlord Tom Ledsham says a lot is riding on the success of this weekend’s trading.

“We will have fewer punters and that will be an issue for us,” he said.

“So it’s really important for us that we hit the ground running from the offset, so that we make sure that people are aware that the pub is a safe place to come back to and that we’ve got it under control.”

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Pub landlord Tom Ledsham says his business ‘has to hit the ground running’

But there are, undoubtedly, challenges ahead to address the concerns of customers.

Joanna Hesse, a hairdresser in Manchester, has spent “thousands of pounds” on protective equipment for her salon and staff.

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Customers will not be offered drinks or magazines. Instead, they will be given a disposable face mask, gown and hair towel.

“I’m doing everything possible to get people in the chair, and to make them feel as safe as possible,” Mrs Hesse said.

“Every hairdresser I’ve spoken to has spent thousands of pounds on this, as I have. And my concern is that unless the government helps financially with that, soon people are going to start cutting corners.”

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