Hairdressers could be forced to remain closed for six more months because of the risk of spreading coronavirus, it is claimed.
Government scientists are yet to find a safe way for salons to reopen, according to The Sun.
In the absence of this it is believed they could have to stay shut for as long as the epidemic continues.
Nail salons and other beauticians may be faced with similar issues.
A senior government insider told The Sun: “People’s hair is going to get pretty long.
“We’re all going to end up looking like Captain Caveman by the end of this.”
Mirror Online reports: “Another source said there’d be ‘a positive impact on morale if people can get a haircut and feel a bit more normal’.
“National Hair and Beauty Federation CEO Hilary Hall said their concern was when salons could begin operating safely – for their members and clients – and acknowledged there are dangers of having such close contact.
“Boris Johnson ordered businesses to close on March 23.
“Brits have been left unable to get their hair cut, with many sharing images of family members stepping in to give them a trim online.
“Last weekend it was claimed Government officials had drawn up a three-stage ‘traffic light’ system to end the UK’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
“The plan could see some non-essential businesses re-open in early to mid-May.”
According to the report, this first phase “green” would reportedly include small, non-essential shops, hairdressers and nurseries – though travel would still be discouraged.
The “amber” phase would see schools reopen, as well as small businesses and restaurants with strict seating rules. Wearing a mask on public transport would reportedly be compulsory in this phase, expected towards the end of May.
The final phase, reportedly pencilled for mid-June, would see cinemas, theatres and pubs reopen with some restrictions. Weddings and funerals could take place and gyms could open with enhanced sanitation rules.
But asked if the government was considering such a plan, Michael Gove said: “No it’s not.”
A No10 spokeswoman said they could not offer a comment at the moment when contacted by Mirror Online about hairdressers having to stay shut for six months.
A Government spokesperson has since told Mirror Online: “The Government has already set out five clear tests to consider before making any adjustment to its approach.
“Only when the evidence suggests that it is safe to do, and the scientific advice provides for it, will we adjust these measures.”