QUEUES formed outside barber shops in Trowbridge this morning as some re-opened for customers.

Customers eager to get their hair cut waited patiently outside Nigel’s Hair Design in Duke Street and Newtown Barbers in Newtown Road.

Queues began forming at 6am as the government lifted some of the lockdown restrictions.

They have allowed pubs, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, hairdressing salons, barber shops and other businesses to re-open after being closed since mid-March.

Melton Howe, the owner of Newtown Barbers, said: “There was one person waiting when I arrived at 6am this morning.

“We have been very busy since then. I have four people in the chairs having their hair cut, and there’s five people waiting – all standing one-metre apart to keep a safe social distance.

“I had a risk assessment done last week and we are trying to control it as best we can.”

Many pubs across north and west Wiltshire are also re-opening today but some have decided to wait a bit longer before letting in customers.

The King’s Arms in Castle Street, Trowbridge, had a notice pinned to its door this morning telling customers it would not be re-opening this month.

The notice said: “We are keeping the Coronavirus situation under constant review and we will re-open again when we think it is safe to do so in a way that is viable but we will not be re-opening in July.

“We all want to get back to work and to normal as soon as is possible but we need to wait until the social distancing rules are further relaxed or removed.

“We will definitely re-open as soon as conditions allow. We’ll drink again, we’ll eat again. We’ll meet again.”

Our reporter for the Gazette & Herald and the Wiltshire Times will be out and about today across the area.

If you wish to send in your photographs and details of your visits to pubs and hairdressers, please contact John Baker on 07919 291146 or email john.baker@newsquest.co.uk, or send in via our Facebook pages.