Salons and barbers may be brought forward a phase.

Hairdressers and barbers are set to be allowed to reopen three weeks earlier than expected, reports the Irish Times.

Currently under the Government’s reopening road map, salons aren’t due to open until July 20th.

However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday that they may be able to open sooner than the current planned date and Ireland could be “almost fully open” by the middle of next month.

And a decision to speed up the reopening of hairdressers and allow them open on June 29 is now being worked on, as per the Irish Times report.

IHF President Danielle Kennedy said: “Our guidelines go above and beyond the Government’s advice on what to do, and will enable hairdressers and barber shops to reopen safely in Phase 3 rather than Phase 4.

“We have spent the past six weeks working with experts, the HSA, and all parties in the hair and beauty sector to develop these guidelines.

“We have taken the advice of health & safety experts, microbiology experts the HSE, the HSA and the WHO in preparing the document.”

Danielle added: “This is an extremely safe and cautious set of guidelines. There are in-depth procedures on staff training, sanitisation, hand hygiene, social distancing, screening of clients and use of PPE.

“There are 25,000 people employed in our sector and we want to ensure they can come back to work safely.

“If we wait any longer to reopen, hundreds of small businesses will go bust and thousands of people will lose their jobs.”