Real Housewives from Cheshire star and beauty salon owner Ampika Pickston has admitted she “can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel” after Boris Johnson postponed the easing of lock restrictions yesterday.
In a blow to companies across the country, the prime minister announced that he is “ depressing the brake pedal ” to lift the limitations of the coronavirus that are still hampering some business sectors.
It means that close-contact beauty services, such as facials, which are expected to be allowed as of today, can now only be opened on at least August 15.
The reality star, who appeared in five seasons of Real Housewives and owns Ampika’s Hair and Beauty in Altrincham, South Manchester, revealed that she had been forced to cancel customers for six weeks due to the turnaround.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star and beauty salon owner Ampika Pickston has admitted she ‘can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel’ after Boris Johnson delayed the easing of lock restrictions yesterday
Talk about BBC Breakfast this morning she explained: ‘I literally can’t believe it, we were back-to-back for the next six weeks for clients with facials, lashes, eyebrow microblading, injectable botox fillers.
“Unfortunately we had to cancel all those customers.”
She added, “We have a lot of angry customers, we have a lot of frustrated customers; we feel really frustrated as we may still not be able to get back to normal on August 15, so my sales have fallen by 70 percent and I don’t see us coming back, especially before Christmas. ‘
Frustrated Ampika explained that she and her staff had gone to great lengths to introduce Covid-safe measures to protect their customers.
The reality star, who owns Ampika’s Hair and Beauty in Altrincham, South Manchester, revealed that she was forced to cancel customers for six weeks due to the turnaround
Speaking of the new, stricter closure measures being imposed in northwestern areas this week, Ampika – pictured in 2015 – said it caused ‘absolute devastation’ because of the short term
“Before anyone enters the building, we do a temperature check on the forehead, they also sign a release form saying they haven’t had Covid symptoms in the past two weeks, we make sure every area is cleaned every 15 minutes,” said they .
“Every member of my staff wears a visor or a mask, there’s a hand sanitizer and all their equipment. We cannot go beyond the security measures we have already taken. ‘
Speaking of the new, tougher closure measures being imposed in northwestern areas this week, Ampika said it caused “absolute devastation” because of the short term.
Thursday evening, health secretary Matt Hancock announced that people from different households in Greater Manchester and parts of East Lancashire should not meet in and in private gardens to combat the spread of the corona virus.
Norah Mulcahy, who is said to have an eyebrow appointment in the salon today, also appeared in the segment, saying it was ‘very disappointing’ to be ‘let down at the last minute’
“If we had known two weeks in advance, we can always take these security measures, but less than 24 hours when two clients are about to walk through the door, I have therapists at home not making money, angry customers, people who are frustrated, “said Ampika.
“I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. as an entrepreneur it is very disappointing. ‘
Norah Mulcahy, who is said to have an eyebrow appointment in the salon today, also appeared in the segment, saying it was ‘very disappointing’ to be ‘let down at the last minute’.
While her salon was closed during the closure, Ampika started selling piquant photos of herself online on OnlyFans after being encouraged by her boyfriend.
Other beauty salons in the UK that have also lost due to the turnaround have ended up on government social media.
Makeup artist Chloe Eleanor was to open her new beauty studio in Bedford today, saying she was “ not over yesterday’s announcement, ” meaning she had to postpone.
Makeup artist Chloe Eleanor was to open her new beauty studio in Bedford today, saying she was “ yesterday’s announcement still over, ” meaning she had to postpone
Chloe said her new studio is ‘a place we can all come by to relax, be with the girls and just have a great time, which I think we all needed so much after the past few months’
She wrote on Instagram and said, “Like all other beauty ladies in the industry, I think we are just hurt and angry about how we handled it.”
She added, “To the studio girl gang … we’re going to show Bojo that we are a force to be reckoned with. So maybe we can’t open our doors today, but we’re ready and waiting for you and we can’t wait. ‘
The Beauty Room, a salon in Kibworth, Leicestershire, announced it was also ‘absolutely gutted’ from the announcement yesterday.
“Today we should celebrate fifteen years of being open to all our lovely customers, instead we should call and rearrange appointments,” the salon posted on Instagram.
“We know this happened for everyone’s safety, but we were really looking forward to seeing customers again. We’ll keep everything crossed for two weeks when we can see you all again. ‘
The Beauty Room, a salon in Kibworth, Leicestershire, announced it was also ‘absolutely gutted’ from the announcement yesterday
Boris Johnson’s delay in winding down the lockdown will have a disastrous effect on economic recovery, ailing companies bracing themselves for even more hardships.
The Prime Minister has also extended mandatory face masks to cover most public indoor areas, including museums in places of worship.
After the infection rate has doubled in July, ministers and scientists are increasingly tired of a second attack by the virus, which is resurfacing in several other countries.
But companies shut down during the pandemic and out of revenue have warned that the government’s sudden decision will “blow” the economy.
What measures to increase the lockdown were postponed yesterday?
Wedding receptions of more than 30 people may no longer take place tomorrow as planned. They are delayed until at least August 14
Test sports events will be put on ice for the next two weeks until August 15.
Close contact beauty services such as facials can only be opened on August 15.
Casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks cannot be reopened until the same date.
But Boris Johnson urged workers to return to work from next week.
Face masks will be mandatory in most indoor public areas, including places of worship and museums.
Law enforcement will be given new powers to enforce social distance rules, including the wearing of face masks.