A popular Aberdeen barber has taken more than 600 bookings in three hours after it announced its plans to reopen.
Sovereign Grooming, on Union Street, was swamped with hundreds of bookings after opening its online reservation system this morning.
By lunchtime, 570 appointments had been snapped-up, leaving much of July and early August fully booked.
The salon’s owner, Kyle Ross, a previous winner of Best Barber UK, saw all of his July appointments booked up within just seven minutes, by 9.07am.
He said: “I was expecting there to be demand, but the surge at 9am was incredible – it was like concert tickets going on sale.
“My phone has been red hot since Nicola Sturgeon made her announcement in parliament and I think many men are desperate to get a professional cut.
“It’s great to have a date to work towards and preparations are underway – we can’t wait to welcome our clients back and undo the damage done by three months of home haircuts.”
The city centre salon extended its opening hours to counter reduced capacity as it adapts to the two-metre social distancing rule.
Kyle said: “I think many in the hair and beauty sector will be keeping an eye on England to see how the reduced restrictions work.
“We will be guided by what health officials here think is safe and are prepared for both scenarios.
“Barbers are also awaiting further guidance on whether beard treatments – such as hot towel shaves – can resume on July 15.
“We are not taking bookings for these services at present, however, this may change in the coming weeks as we get fuller guidance from the Scottish Government.”
Sovereign’s barbers have undergone additional Covid-19 hygiene training and will be dressed in personal protective equipment when operations resume.
Clients will have to wear a face covering inside the salon and have been instructed to re-arrange their appointment if they or anyone in their household is feeling unwell.
Visits to the salon will be by appointment only for the foreseeable future.