Help our team survive the Omicron winter

by openbarbers in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Help our team survive the Omicron winter

£2,360

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We're looking for support to close our salon for longer this Christmas, to keep our team and clients safe from the latest surge in COVID-19

by openbarbers in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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We don't yet know when we will consider it safe enough to re-open our salon, we hope January 2022, but cases of the Omicron variant are rising rapidly at the time of writing, and the impact on public safety is very unknown.

Any additional donations received will boost Open Barbers' ability to continue supporting our team during this bitter winter period until it is safe enough to open our doors again, or until they are able to return to the salon. Previous government support during lockdowns has not been adequate or accessible to some of our team due to their calculation criteria, so even if the government step up, our team may still rely on additional support if they are unable to work.

The cost of the pandemic is high even when the salon is open, and any surplus donations will go towards purchasing PPE and subsidising the cost of keeping our business and services COVID safe.


In order to keep our team and clients safe from the surge in COVID-19 through the Omicron variant, we have decided to close our salon doors earlier than expected and for longer than planned over the winter holidays 2021. While there is financial pressure on businesses to stay open, the risks that poses to staff, clients and the overburdened NHS is increasing daily and we feel that closing now is the right and ethical thing to do.

We wish to ensure that any of our freelance team who were due to work over this period can still be paid, despite our unexpected closure, and funds raised here will be redistributed to them.

Any additional donations received will boost Open Barbers' ability to continue supporting our team during this bitter winter period and will help subsidise the costs of keeping our salon as safe as possible.

Open Barbers is a non-profit social enterprise, offering affordable and accessible hair services for people of all genders and sexualities. Our amazing team of freelance stylists offer affirming cuts and colour services and work very hard to meet the needs of our various communities and client base.

Thank you for all your support to us. Your kindness, generosity, understanding, good wishes and donations not only ensures our survival but also lifts us enormously through this difficult time.

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