Hair Days Not Far Away

by PJ Cunningham

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar confirmed on Thursday that all going well, the government will lift the ban on visits to the barbers and hairdressers next month. At last we all could soon be making the headlines we really want – by getting a haircut.

On RTE today he admitted he couldn’t be sure in what part of May this might happen, but he was confident it would come as part of the phased reopening.

“I’m not saying May 4, but over the course of May, there will be a phased reopening of personal services including hairdressers and barbers.

Mr Varadkar also revealed that the administration would set out how they envisaged the next few months would unfold, mindful at all times that the Covid-19 virus could change the best laid plans.

Leo Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar

“Another thing we will be doing at the end of April is to lay out a plan for June and July and that’s looking good but things can go wrong,” he warned.

The Minister also confirmed that  people who already had their first vaccine shot and has a date for their second jab will receive it as scheduled. This comes as indications are that the window between first and second does would widen from 12 to 16 weeks. However it appears that this will only apply to those who have to receive a vaccine.

Explained the Tanaiste: “They have been given the date at this stage and they are also generally the people at highest risk so it makes sense to fully protect them, in my view.”

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