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It might have been the middle of the night, but that didn’t stop weddings and haircuts getting underway at the earliest opportunity as lockdown restrictions ease further in England.
A major easing of lockdown measures on what has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ will see pubs, restaurants, bars and cinemas also able to open their doors again under modified social distancing restrictions.
One of the first people in the country to visit a newly-reopened hair salon said it was nice to feel “like normal” again.
Sandra Jacobs was among the first people through the door at Tusk Hair in Camden on Friday night when the north London business opened its doors at midnight.
There were masks, aprons and faceshields aplenty at the salon, but Jacobs described the trip as “such a relief, I can’t tell you”.
She added: “My hair was everywhere. I’d been wearing hats to hide it.”
Some couples also have not wasted any time before saying “I do”, with two key workers got married just moments after the restrictions lifted.
Care home worker Jennifer Wilson and security guard Louise Arnold, both 22, married at the Peace Garden Pergola in the grounds of Runcorn Town Hall, Cheshire, in what was thought to be the first wedding after the updated Covid-19 guidelines came into force.
Wilson said: “Last week the registry office rang and asked if we wanted to be the first couple in the UK to marry after lockdown, and we just said yes.
“We both work nights normally, so the time suited us.”
Arnold, who works for lorry firm Eddie Stobart, added: “With it having just been Pride month, this felt like something we couldn’t really pass up. Not just for us, but for other LGBT people who haven’t been able to get together to celebrate Pride.”
Meanwhile long queues formed outside barbers on Saturday morning, with some men eager to get their first haircut in three-and-a-half...