I saw an item on the news the other day and could not believe what I was hearing. The Norwich Borough Council have told hairdressers that they need a licence to serve beverages in their salons.
This means that they can’t serve tea and coffee to their clients – and certainly won’t be able to celebrate the festive season with a glass of wine and a mince pie.
What brought this on? A local publican complained that they were taking his trade away and, instead of the Council telling him to get a life, they simply complied and issued this requirement.
It’s going to cost the salon owners dearly to be able to deliver the kind of customer service that they want to. They will need to jump through all the hygiene hoops that commercial establishments serving food and drink have to – just to give a client a nice cuppa.
This is health and safety gone crazy again! I wonder what the risk assessment revealed – how many cases of funny tummy have been acquired from a cup of tea at the hairdressers? How high risk is this really?