Boris Johnson admitted today he is ‘starting to get dreadlocks as the back’ as he revealed he has booked a haircut for when hairdressers reopen this Saturday.
The Prime Minister will make the most of his decision last week to allow hairdressers to welcome customers again as part of an easing of lockdown restrictions.
Mr Johnson added that he is also planning a trip to one of the thousands of pubs due to reopen on ‘Super Saturday’ – and a night out with his fiancée Carrie Symonds.
The 56-year-old told the London Evening Standard: ‘I’m starting to get dreadlocks at the back. I will be having a haircut as soon as I can. It’s booked.’
And speaking about a trip out with Miss Symonds, mother of his two-month-old son Wilfred, he added: ‘We have plans, we are definitely going to mark the event.’
In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Johnson also:
- Thanked doctors and nurses who helped him in hospital while he had Covid-19;
- Urged Britons to avoid undoing lockdown sacrifices with ‘reckless behaviour’;
- Warned the Government’s job-supporting furlough scheme cannot be extended;
- Insisted he would ‘very carefully’ make a decision on Huawei’s 5G involvement;
- Said a statue of Cecil Rhodes should not be pulled down from an Oxford college.
Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street in Westminster yesterday. The Prime Minister revealed today that he has booked a haircut for when hairdressers reopen this Saturday
Mr Johnson, pictured in Dudley on Tuesday, said he is ‘starting to get dreadlocks as the back’
Mr Johnson also said that he would be ‘indebted forever’ to the medical staff’ who looked after him while at St Thomas’ Hospital in London with coronavirus in April.
He added that it was an ‘aggressive timetable’ to get ‘Super Saturday’ to go ahead, and told Britons: ‘Do not undo the sacrifices you have made with reckless behaviour.
‘The public need to stay alert and realise that the threat is not over, follow the guidance and behave responsibly so that this virus cannot re-emerge.’
Mr Johnson also warned the job-supporting furlough scheme cannot be extended because it is not healthy for the economy or employees in the long term.
Boris Johnson holds his hand to his face and hair while speaking in Dudley on Tuesday
Mr Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons yesterday
The Government said earlier this week it had spent more than £25billion on the furlough programme that is supporting 9.3million jobs during the pandemic.
But Mr Johnson said: ‘I’ve got to be very, very blunt with you. I think people need to recognise that the particular restrictions that furlough places on you are not, in the long-term, healthy either for the economy or for you as an employee.’
He also said a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes should not be pulled down from an Oxford University college because history should not be edited.
Oriel College said last month it wanted to remove the statue after a campaign by those who argue the statue glorifies racism and is an insult to black students.
Mr Johnson said he is planning a night out with his fiancée Carrie Symonds (above, on May 14)
But Mr Johnson said this would be like ‘trying to bowdlerise or edit our history … like some politician sneakily trying to change his Wikipedia entry.’
He added: ‘I’m pro-heritage, I’m pro-history, and I’m in favour of people understanding our past with all its imperfections.’
And Mr Johnson said he would proceed carefully on making a decision on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’ss possible involvement in Britain’s 5G network
He told the Standard: ‘I don’t want to see our critical national infrastructure at risk of being in any way controlled by potentially hostile state vendors. So we have to think very carefully about how to proceed now.’
Hair and beauty salon Gatsby and Miller, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, shows on May 28 how it will operate once it re-opens, with social distancing, PPE and plastic screens in place
Social distancing will be in place at the hair salon in Amersham, as demonstrated in May
Hairdressers will open from midnight tomorrow night to clear a backlog of customers – but must wear visors to protect themselves and customers.
Some salons across the country already have three month-long waiting lists, and Mr Johnson said last week that that he was ‘eagerly awaiting’ his first haircut.
Hairdressers will be able to open but only if hairdressers wear masks, gowns or visors and take precautions to ensure there is no transmission of the disease.
But customers face long waits for their first cut since lockdown began with one London salon saying they have a 2,000-strong waiting list.
Post-lockdown hairdressers will look very different, with customers facing waiting outside until their appointment begins, and Perspex screens at reception desks
Post-lockdown salons will look very different, with customers facing waiting outside until their appointment begins, and Perspex screens at reception desks.
Payments will be contactless with no cash tipping, while chairs will be spaced out and stylists will wear masks and gowns that are changed after each client.
Customers will be asked to wear masks and leave jewellery, handbags and coats at home wherever possible, and there will be no more tea, coffee and magazines.