SALONS in Witney are temporarily closing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Several studios have announced closures since the weekend.

Claire Boswell, proprietor at Effects Hair Studio, said: “My foremost concern was to keep clients and staff safe at this time.

“It was a very hard decision to make and in 24 years of owning the salon, the first of its kind I’ve had to make.”

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Meanwhile, Lee David from Lee David The Barber Shop in Wesley Walk added: “We feel that for the safety of the customers and ourselves we decided to close the doors for now.

“We think the government is doing a great job and decided it was our duty to help the NHS out.”

“We work in very close proximity to our clients, and we cannot carry out services following Public Health England guidance, it’s impossible,” said Hannah and Luke Meader from Meaders Hair Studio in Corn Street.

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“This virus has no limits and we must all act now.

“We must stand in solidarity to support one another and keep Witney thriving.”

The National Hair and Beauty Federation has called on the Government to add salons and barbershops to the list of businesses that must close, after the Prime Minister announced on Friday that pubs and restaurants would close.