REOPENING her business this weekend as coronavirus restrictions ease will be particularly poignant for Wilmslow salon owner Melissa Hall.

Melissa has been through a tough time after undergoing major surgery, followed by the closure of her business, Angelique’s Hair Studio, in March, as lockdown was brought in.

Her father Ralph was diagnosed with coronavirus, and died on June 14 aged 82 from complications he developed as a result of fighting the virus.

Melissa attended the funeral for her father on Monday at Macclesfield Crematorium.

It’s been a really tough time,” said Melissa, who owns the Knutsford Road salon with business partner Tony O’Brien.

“I had a major operation in January, and after lockdown came in our grant came through late and our furlough was late.

“I feel exhausted by what’s happened and losing my dad.

He got Covid-19 and got over it but died from complications of fighting it.”

Melissa has put in place measures to protect the safety of her staff and clients, and will be opening from 9am to 5pm six days a week to start with.

“We want to make everyone feel safe, but don’t want to make the salon feel over-clinical,” she said.

“I see my clients as my family, and from the feedback I have had from them they are confident I am taking this seriously.

“We’re not doing blow drying so we can fit everyone in during the first month.

“We want to offer just colours and wet cuts. Clients will go home with damp hair for now until we get back on track. We’re trying to limit the time people are in the salon.”

Stylists will be wearing visors or masks, and clients will be required to wear a mask.

Melissa added: “We’re looking forward to getting back to work seeing all our lovely clients.”

Melissa thanked clients for making masks and adjusters for the staff.

King’s Arms Hotel landlord James Russell is looking forward to welcoming his customers back on Saturday to his new-look Alderley Road pub.

“I’m excited and nervous in terms of how the business is going to be the other side of Covid-19,” said James, 45.

“It’s been a lot to take on and a challenge, but we just have to get on with it and be sensible.

“When people come in we will make sure they are seated safely distanced away from other people.

“We are safe and ready to reopen, and hope to see some of our customers this Saturday for a nice, steady start – we have had quite a few bookings already.”

It will be table service only, entry will be via the car park entrance, and the maximum party size will be eight people.