Stormont’s decision-making is facing a number of questions, with the sharpest queries possibly coming from hair and beauty workers.

Salons and beauty parlours were forced to shut for four weeks as part of a limited lockdown that began on 16 October.

But papers published by Stormont to show the scientific reasoning behind the lockdown indicates that the move could have a minimal impact on Covid-19’s spread.

Stormont ministers were told shutting hair salons, barber shops and beauty parlours – which all fall under the category of close-contact services – is likely to reduce the reproduction (R) number by 0.05.

Read More at BBC News.

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