Regarding Hairdressers being the last businesses to close and the first businesses to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic;
- There are some people in the community who are elderly /or disabled so they can not cut their own hair.
- From an Occupational Health and Safety point of view, having excessively long hair is a hygene /or a safety issue, especially for essential workers in food service, medical care, etc.
Therefore Hairdressing falls into two of the four reasons to leave home; giving or recieving care, and essential work.
I also read an interesting article somewhere that describes how the government understands that;
- From an economic point of view, Hairdressers and their myriad of suppliers, unlike many other industries, are almost all small businesses employing workers with a single specific skill set, so if they were allowed to all go bust then the government would have a significant amount of bankrupt businesses and unemployed workers on their hands.
- From a social point of view, many people, especially those who live alone, find the simple act of normality, of going to the hairdresser to have their hair cut and to engage in casual small talk with the staff, to be very beneficial toward their mental health which is something that is very important during these very challenging times.