Please support local business this Christmas was the plea today from Joan Rowland of Petals Hair and Beauty salons in Castlebar and Westport.
Petals is just one of the many extremely busy hairdressers and beauticians across the region that are very busy today, ahead of lockdown from midnight tomorrow night, under Level 5 Covid Restrictions.
Joan told Midwest News that like so many other hairdressers, beauticians and barbers they have invested heavily in making their premises Covid compliant since re-opening last June, and yet they are now faced with closing their doors for a six week stint.
She accepts that from a public health viewpoint, in a pandemic staff must be protected, as well as clients, and yet she questions why football is allowed to go ahead in such an environment.
Midwest News spoke to Joan this afternoon at her Castlebar premises where clients were lined up, maintaining social distancing, in an attempt to face lockdown looking their best.