I don’t know about you, but one of the things I’ve struggled with most in the last month is the not knowing.
Last week, I shared my hypothesis about Monday 1st June seeming a realistic date (to me) for the reopening of hairdressers, salons and other businesses similar to ours. I don’t know why but I’d really got that date in my head, and I found that having a kind of deadline/timeline to work to internally was extremely helpful to me.
But I now feel that my theory has been completely blown out of the water and I have to say that it’s very unsettling!
Over the last few days, I’ve read several media reports suggesting that Monday 11th May (which is, of course, just two weeks from today) is the day that businesses such as nkd will be allowed to reopen. In theory, that should be music to my ears, and it would be, were it not for a major switch of internal systems that I’ve decided to embark on, which is turning out to be a huge and very disruptive job.
But then at the same, I read other media reports stating that hairdressers and the like are going to be amongst the last to open and are planned to remain shut for the next six months!!
So which one do I believe and prepare for? I can totally see the arguments for both sides. On the one hand, nkd could easily limit the amount of people allowed into our premises at any one time and in no way are we a business that encourages crowds/causes large gatherings of people in confined spaces. For that reason, I think it’s perfectly feasible that we could be included within the first wave of reopenings. But then on the other hand, just like hairdressers, we obviously can’t social distance and remain two metres from our clients at all times, given the need to touch you in order to carry out your treatment. And so from that perspective, I think it’s equally plausible that we may be forced to remain shut for a long time to come.
I think it’s this kind of uncertainty which is really causing an issue for a lot of people. The British government is coming under an increasing amount of pressure to give some kind of detail about its exit strategy, which would include giving people an idea of what a “phased” return to normality may look like, in terms of the sorts of businesses that “may” be allowed to reopen in each phase of the plan, even if no firm timelines are given.
I for one am hoping that they listen to this pressure because in my view, you can see and hear the public getting restless about the lack of knowledge and it’s not good. So let’s hope that this week may be the one when we start to get a few more answers and then a lot of us will hopefully be in a better position to mentally prepare ourselves for what may still be ahead!
In the meantime, I’ll just be focusing on getting through the next week and I hope you’re able to do the same.
Rebecca at nkd ( )
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About nkd ( )
nkd ( ) exists to empower our clients by making you feel comfortable and confident in your own body.
Providing high-quality waxing treatments to men and women in a professional and clean environment, our specialist skills mean that nkd waxes are quicker and cause less discomfort than waxes from generalist beauty salons, which do not typically employ experts. Our friendly team is so knowledgeable that their detailed aftercare advice will ensure you get the best results for weeks after your treatment.
nkd also offers the latest lash and brow treatments from our in-house lash & brow bar with the same level of specialist skill and advice.