Leo Varadkar has revealed that hairdressers and barbers won't reopen until July at the earliest.
An Taoiseach has updated the public on the roadmap for reopening the country, announcing that measures will be eased on a phased basis set to begin on May 18th. While Leo Varadkar delivered the news that many were already expecting - extending the current lockdown by a further two weeks - many were not expecting the news that barbers and hairdressers won't reopen until July.
The fourth of five phases, barbers and hairdressers are considered to be higher-risk services and so will continue to remain closed until the latter end of July. Most have been trying to take the news in their stride, but there are quite a few people who have been rattled by the news - taking to Twitter to lament.
— Geraldine Herbert (@GerHerbert1) May 1, 2020
— Glenn Polley (@glennpolley) May 1, 2020
— Ciara Nash (@Kiks31) May 1, 2020
Barbers/hairdressers not reopening until 20th July.... things gonna get hairy!
— William Lavelle (@LavelleIreland) May 1, 2020
Ireland to reopen hairdressers in JULY?!? 👀💇♀️ pic.twitter.com/IiPXBUVxKl
— Mr Hits (@darrenjl) May 1, 2020
— Adam Murphy (@Anonymous_Riter) May 1, 2020
Every woman in Ireland had a heart attack about 35.5 minutes ago when the Taoiseach announced that hairdressers wouldn’t open until, wait for it.........JULY 20TH 😱 😱 💇♀️ https://t.co/kttcEkp9sU
— Bríd Stenson (@bridstenson) May 1, 2020
Fintan Marron hit the nail on the head with his tweet, predicting that Irish people will look as though they have Hairy Hands Syndrome by the end of this.
Oh, the horrors.
Pubs, bars, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas and casinos, on the other hand, have all been included in the fifth and final phase of An Taoiseach's roadmap for reopening the country.
However, while August has been named as a possible timeframe for opening, the Government has reminded the public that the country will only move on to the next phase once it is considered safe to do so.
In other words, nothing is set in stone.
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