The Sunderland hairdresser staying open until midnight before Lockdown 2 starts
A Sunderland hairdresser will work until midnight tonight in a bid to fit in a month’s worth of appointments before the second national lockdown.
Cloud 9 on Hylton Road, will be one of many salons across the country working around the clock in an effort to cater for as many clients as possible before the second coronavirus lockdown comes into force.
The Sunderland business reopened at midnight on July 4 to marked the reopening of hair salons and hospitality businesses following the first national lockdown and now it plans on marking its second closure with a midnight finish.
Owner and manager Debra Anne Adamson plans to put down the scissors at midnight tonight – following four days of back-to-back appointments.
Debra, who has already had to miss a further two weeks of trading after being told to self-isolate, said: “I had just come back to work and now we are going into lockdown again.
"So I am working from 8am until midnight on Wednesday just to get everybody done.
"I have to make money to pay bills and staff as well as trying to keep everybody happy.
"I have not had a day off since last week – as soon as I found out about the lockdown I started to rearrange everything."
Debra reopened her salon on Sunday, November 1 and is working through until the last possible minute on Wednesday – a day that will see her squeeze in 22 appointments.
"Even though some people weren’t due to have an appointment for a couple of weeks I gave them the option to come in before the lockdown and a lot of people have.
"I think it’s the uncertainty around whether things will actually reopen on December 2.”
In the three days she has already been open Debra says she has completed around 35 hair appointments, but says it is necessary in order to cover the costs of being closed for a month.
"Needs must in order to put food on the table,” she added.
"I reopened at midnight after the first lockdown so I thought I’m going to close at midnight.”