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Inverness beauty salon owner 'busier than ever' as coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased

By Ian Duncan

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Caoimhe Simpson is pleased to be back.
Caoimhe Simpson is pleased to be back.

As Scotland continued with phase three of its post-lockdown route map, salons have been allowed to begin trading again, along with tattoo parlours and tailors.

Caoimhe Simpson, who owns Timeless Spa and Beauty on Market Brae Steps in Inverness, said she was pleased to be back and there was a positive response from regular customers.

She said she had to completely close the business throughout the lockdown and had initially found the prospect of the extended closure both “daunting and frightening” but added: “When I heard about the help and support we were going to get, I was able to relax more.”

Miss Simpson said that, during the first few days since reopening last Wednesday, she had been run off her feet.

She said: “It’s been so busy and I’ve loved it. My diary is fully booked for the first couple of weeks.”

Like other city centre businesses, she has put a range of safety measures in place including: perspex screens; single-use items; social distancing measures; extra time added to appointments to allow for cleaning; PPE; and hand sanitisers.

In addition, she consulted a health and safety expert to carry out a full risk assessment.

She said: “An awful lot has changed but my clients have felt confident coming back. It’s not hindered anyone from coming back at all.”

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