A Sunderland hair salon will reopen at midnight on Saturday to thank a loyal customer.
Debra Anne Adamson will open her Cloud 9 salon from the moment businesses like hers can legally operate on July 4 so she can fit in florist Karen College-Scott for a colour, cut and blow dry.
Mrs Adamson has been taking bookings for some weeks, in anticipation of being able to reopen, and is making the gesture so she can fit in her long-standing client of 20 years.
She said: “It’s just something I wanted to do for her.
“She has reopened her business and she’s busy and I am too with bookings and so I asked her if she would be up for it, and she is.”
The businesswoman, with over 30 years’ experience, was expecting the first few weeks of being back on her feet, wielding the scissors, to be physically demanding, after months of lockdown.
She said: “I am excited and cannot wait to get back.
“I am nervous and apprehensive too with the current conditions.
“It was hard to get used to lockdown at first because we are used to being active and on our feet all the time.
“Then in the last month or so, it changed so we got used to staying in.”
She will implement strict safety conditions when she reopens, with PPE for the stylists and customers, and e-forms for clients to fill in confirming they feel well before an appointment.
She has also warned clients there will be no magazines to browse in the salon, which will be regularly cleaned between cuts.
Mrs Adamson said: “You get accustomed to this way of living, it’s the way they have to be.”