Hairdressers are calling on the government to allow them to open in phase 3 of the roadmap to reopening the country instead of phase 4.
Currently, salons are set to remain closed until July 20 but the Irish Hairdressers Federation is now asking the government to allow them to reopen on June 29, as part of phase 3 of the roadmap to recovery.
Speaking on Newstalk this morning, Dylan Bradshaw of Dylan Bradshaw hair salon on Dublin's South William Street said: "I think this hasn’t been thought out really well, to be honest. I definitely think we need to get out a lot earlier."
He went on to outline provisions that will be made when salons reopen by adding: "We’ll have to scale back on the visits to the salon - we can’t have a full salon again until obviously there’s a vaccine brought out.
“A lot of people forget in our industry we’re incredibly clean in what we do - when I’m cutting somebody’s hair normally, I’d be washing my hands two or three times. You’re also working behind your clients.
"If a client comes through the space, then you would have to take 15 minutes in between to do a deep cleanse of the station you’re working in. Then there’s disposable gowns, and you don’t let anyone into the salon unless it’s appointment only."
A more detailed look at Ireland's roadmap to recovery can be found here.