15 Jul Coronavirus: Barber reopens at stroke of midnight as Scotland’s lockdown eases | UK News
A young barber is among the first in the latest group of businesses to begin trading again on the first day of Scotland’s relaxed lockdown.
Tony Mann in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, reopened his business at midnight on Wednesday and will remain open for 24 hours on his first day back as a thank you to his customers.
And they clearly appreciate seeing him again too – he is fully booked with appointments for the next two weeks.
Barbers and hair salons are able to reopen in Scotland from today, along with hotels, libraries, and indoor areas of cafes, bars, cinemas and restaurants.
Mr Mann and his colleague Margaret McGillivray welcomed Sean Munro and Mitchell Wildman as their first customers in nearly four months.
Mr Mann told the PA news agency: “To give back to my clients who have been so loyal during this whole lockdown I thought I’d do 24 hours just to get everyone seen to and make sure there was no fights for getting a haircut.
“It’s been stressful but the good thing is I’ve now got the experience of doing a show up so doing it again wasn’t nearly as hard as the first time.
“No one could prepare for COVID because no one knew what was going to happen so I just had to play ball and do everything to the book.
“I’ve got three months behind me so I don’t think 24 hours is going to be a problem – I’ve been climbing munros for the last six weeks, if I can do six hours hiking up a hill what’s standing in the same spot cutting hair?”
Mr Mann said he hopes to see 48 people during the first 24 hours.
Mr Wildman, his first customer, had been waiting patiently at the stroke of midnight for his first proper haircut since March.
He said: “It’s been a long wait but I’m glad to finally get it done. I’ve had a few home cuts but they weren’t the best.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people should follow guidelines, which include giving contact details to assist with tracing to prevent a resurgence of the virus.