Hairdressers, homeware shops and garden centres are once again opening up in Scotland as Covid restrictions on the economy have alleviated. At the same time, non-essential click-and-collect services are also permitted to recommence.
After the “stay at home” rule on Friday has been relaxed by the Scottish government on Friday, these are the newest lockdown measures. It also includes reopening other businesses like key cutting, mobility equipment, baby equipment and electrical repairs.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney insisted people to remember the virus is still circulating and to remain following the rules.
He mentioned, “The virus is down but it’s not yet out, and the last thing we need is to see it making a comeback and undoing all the progress from the massive effort and sacrifices we have all had to make.”
Hairdressers and barbers with shopfronts can reopen by prior appointment only – but not mobile services.
While some partial click-and-collect services have been operative since January – like clothing, footwear and books, non-essential click-and-collect can now restart. But, they can operate by staggered appointments.
People still have to follow the “stay local” rule, meaning they cannot travel outside their local authority borders, unless for essential reasons.
Mr Swinney mentioned, “While it’s great news that garden centres and hairdressers are allowed to reopen, everyone needs to bear in mind that it doesn’t mean the virus has gone away. My message is simple – enjoy the latest relaxing of the rules but remember to look out for each other, too.”
Stylist Fallon Carberry mentioned her salon in Glasgow had already been full with bookings.
She shared with the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme, “When we got the first announcement, we opened our books and we had over 1,000 bookings in 24 hours. We weren’t expecting that. It’s crazy busy but the staff are all well rested. We are going to be open seven days until eight at night. There are long days ahead but we’re ready.”
Marc McCune, who possesses two hair salons in Glasgow, commented his staff were as much a priority as customers as limitations are lifted.
He mentioned, “The government has provided financial support and furlough has allowed us to keep all our team employed. It’s been a strange year for our team who have only worked for five months in the last year. So we are concerned more about their mental wellbeing.”
David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, greeted the reopening and pressed shoppers to respect the rules in place.
He said, “The decision to expand the list of essential retailers and unwind some of the elevated lockdown restrictions are positive steps. Its good news for shoppers and for the economy. Retailers are working hard to prepare for reopening. Shoppers can play their part by adhering to the rules on face-coverings, social distancing, queuing, and by being respectful of shop staff.”