19 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Representatives from the hairdressing industry have held discussions with the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, about how soon they will be allowed to re-open in a safe environment for customers and staff. Minister Humphreys commented this week following her consultations by conference call: “A lot of work has been put in by the sector to develop protocols to ensure they can reopen and operate safely once public health advice allows.”

Last week the Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan Niamh Smyth said if the re-opening date for hair salons and barber shops is to be brought forward, then guidance is urgently needed by professionals in the industry. She said she hoped the government would give serious examination to proposals put forward by the Irish Hairdressers’ Federation containing 100 guidelines which hairdressers and barbers can implement to facilitate them opening after the third phase of the roadmap, instead of three weeks later in July.

On Monday, shopping centres in Monaghan, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross which up to now had been confined to essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies were allowed to re-open fully. However they were told to ensure that no street furniture such as benches is in…

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