Around end of october I started getting very nervous about working and feeling very unsafe, and seriously stated contemplating hibernating until it was all over. Personally I thought no amount of PPE is going to protect me if I'm spending 3 hours in the stuffy home and personal space of someone who has carers come in frequently and can't wear a mask for medical reasons. I stopped taking on new clients and refused any clients who worked in the care industry (sorry, no hard feelings guys you do an AMAZING INCREDIBLE job )
As I was grappling with the decision the government announced our second lockdown (November). After that ended I went back for one week to do all my regulars to give them fresh cuts, then told them I would be suspending for a while until the levels were back down to a reasonable level (around the levels it was in July/August for us - quite low here in the South of England) Everyone was totally understanding and absolutely fine about it. Then next thing I know we got put in Tier 4 then another full lockdown, so yet again the decision has been made for me. But yes I know exactly what you're saying! I know it's hard for many though as their job pays their bills and feeds their family, so not being able to do it is a nightmare for them. I'm very blessed to have hairdressing as my secondary job, back in March I started window cleaning (family business) I love it, it pays fantastically which means I can work less and is very covid safe; so I can do mobile hairdressing on the basis of keeping my skills up, not as my main source of income. So obviously many aren't in this boat so will have a totally different opinion.
As an afterthought, have any of you UK hairdressers/beauticians still been getting calls from people asking if you're still working?! It absolutely drives me mad! My reply is usually something along the lines of "I prefer to stay on the right side of the law, so as hairdressing is a close contact service and therefore currently illegal and not to mention dangerous the answer is no." Really? No haircut or roots etc is worth the life of you or a family member, or this long covid that many seem to be getting. Why don't people get it?!