Beauty & hair salons remain closed until 5th April at earliest
Salons, spas and beauty and hair businesses must stay closed for at least another five weeks as the country will remain in Level 5 of the government's Plan for Living with COVID-19.
Commenting on why the lockdown period is to be extended until at least 5th April, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:
"Essentially, to open up our country safely, we need to keep the numbers of new infections low and accelerate the vaccination programme in line with improving supply.”
A decision on easing restrictions will be made before 5th April.
A number of government employment support schemes have been extended until 30th June 2021.
Salons remain closed until at least 5th March
Beauty and hair businesses must remain closed until at least 5th March, as the country remains in Level 5 of the government's Plan for Living with COVID-19.
Speaking earlier today (26th January) Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:
“The message to people for the next six weeks is very simple: Stay at home. Do not travel. Do not make any journeys outside of your 5km unless you absolutely have to. Hold firm and stick to the basics.”
No personal services, including beauty therapy, hairdressing and barbering, may operate under Level 5, including within clients' homes. Educational establishments must also remain closed.
Salons forced to close again from Christmas Eve
Beauty and hair salons across the country will be forced to close again from midnight on Christmas Eve (24th December), as Ireland moves into Level 5 of its Plan for Living with COVID-19.
Businesses are scheduled to be allowed to reopen from 12th January 2021.
All personal services, including beauty therapy, hairdressing and barbering, must not operate under Level 5, including within clients' homes.
You can see the full list of Level 5 restrictions and guidelines here.
Government assistance to businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions includes a double payment of the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) to businesses significantly impacted by public health restrictions for the weeks of 28th December to 4th January, up to maximum of €5,000. Should restrictions last for more than three weeks, businesses in receipt of CRSS will be eligible for payment of an additional week's restart payment when they reopen at the end of the restriction period.
For individuals, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) of €350 per week per eligible employee remains available, in addition to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of up to €350 per week which is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for more details of business and financial support available to businesses and individuals.
Beauty and hair businesses were allowed to reopen on 1st December, after being closed for six weeks.