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Barber offers haircuts at home despite lockdown ban

Close up of hairdresser arms cutting and combing male hair

A stock photo shows a man getting his hair cut as the barber’s Instagram page has been taken down (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A barber has been offering haircuts to clients at home via Instagram despite laws banning hairdressing businesses from operating during lockdown.

The barber, working under the name Curts Cuts, began posting ads on his account this week for ‘salon-quality’ adult and children’s cuts in Bristol.

One read: ‘Get your trim on in lockdown. Curtscuts will be wearing PPE during
haircuts for your peace of mind!’

A later post said ‘cuts are rollin in [sic]’, adding: ‘Get yourself booked in chaps’.

Some of the photos, originally revealed by Bristol Live, appeared to show him cutting someone’s hair in their garden, with both wearing face masks.

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Asked whether he was acting in accordance with the law and whether he was claiming from the Covid-19 financial support schemes, Curts Cuts declined to comment.

One was captioned: ‘CurtsCuts is on the go again, PPE and hygiene guaranteed.’

The account was taken down shortly after Metro.co.uk made contact.

epa08430445 A hairdresser wearing face mask and shield works in a barber shop in Rome, Italy, 18 May 2020. Several countries around the world have started to ease COVID-19 lock-down restrictions in an effort to restart their economies and help people in their daily routines after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

Barbers in Italy have been allowed to reopen under strict guidelines (Picture: EPA)

It appears to match LinkedIn and Twitter profiles belonging to a Bristol-based individual named Curtis Blakemore.

Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons are among the businesses explicitly the government has explicitly forbidden to remain open during the lockdown.

Official guidance states: ‘Failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individual responsible for the business being issued a prohibition notice, a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.’

An BBC investigation earlier in May found 19 out of 50 barbers contacted in Kent and Sussex offered appointments.

Trading standards officials have said a small number of hairdressers are deliberately breaking the law.

Immunology expert Dr Jenna Macciochi, from the University of Sussex, said at the time: ‘If they’re seeing quite a few clients, that’s interactions with quite a few different people who may also therefore be interacting with other people.

‘This all gives any person who may already be infected and asymptomatic opportunity to spread the virus quite rapidly and potentially [to] a large number of people.’

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