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Midnight Haircuts And Weddings: Lockdown Restrictions Ease In England

Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.It might have been the middle of the night, but that didn t stop weddings and haircuts getting underway at the earliest opportunity as lockdown restrictions ease further in England. A major easing of lockdown measures on what has been dubbed Super Saturday will see pubs, restaurants, bars and cinemas also able to open their doors again under modified social distancing restrictions.One of the first people in the country to visit a newly-reopened hair salon said it was nice to feel like normal again.Sandra Jacobs was among the first people through the door at Tusk Hair in Camden on Friday night when the north London business opened its doors at midnight.There were masks, aprons and faceshields aplenty at the salon, but Jacobs described the trip as such a relief, I can t tell you .She added: My hair was everywhere. I d been wearing hats to hide it. Some couples also have not wasted any time before saying I do , with two key workers got married just moments after the restrictions lifted.Care home worker Jennifer Wilson and security guard Louise Arnold, both 22, married at the Peace Garden Pergola in the grounds of Runcorn Town Hall, Cheshire, in what was thought to be the first wedding after the updated Covid-19 guidelines came into force.Wilson said: Last week the registry office rang and asked if we wanted to be the first couple in the UK to marry after lockdown, and we just said yes. We both work nights normally, so the time suited us. Arnold, who works for lorry firm Eddie Stobart, added: With it having just been Pride month, this felt like something we couldn t really pass up. Not just for us, but for other LGBT people who haven t been able to get together to celebrate Pride. Meanwhile long queues formed outside barbers on Saturday morning, with some men eager to get their first haircut in three-and-a-half months, as some pubs welcomed their first customers since the start of lockdown.Despite the celebrations, ministers have urged the public not to get carried away.Health secretary Matt Hancock told the Daily Mail that people were entitled to enjoy themselves at pubs but added: You could end up behind bars if you break the law. He also said he would not shirk from shutting pubs and restaurants again, and imposing local lockdowns if needed.He said: I m no killjoy, but the virus can still kill. I don t want to see bars and pubs have to close again. I love going to the pub and enjoy a pint or two. The comments came after Boris Johnson told people not to blow progress in combating the spread of the disease made during the lockdown as he deployed the government s new slogan enjoy summer safely .On Friday, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said the pandemic is a long way from gone as he urged the public to follow social-distancing rules as guidance is eased.Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, also warned of the danger of the superspreading of Covid-19 occurring in pubs.At a Downing Street press conference, Whitty said: None of us believe, and I m sure nobody watching this believes, this is a risk-free next step. It is absolutely not, that is why we have to be really serious about it. There s no doubt these are environments whose principal job it is to bring people together, that s a great thing to do socially but it s also a great thing from the virus s point of view. Therefore, we do have to have a really clear and really disciplined approach to try and maintain social distancing whilst also enjoying pubs. Related... Pubs Facing Significant Pressure To Open As Super Saturday Gets Underway Why Super Saturday And Covid Masks Are A Troubling Blend For Anti-Violence Charities Is It Right To Take Your Kids To The Playground Now It s Allowed?

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