'We need to change this stupid rule' - Call for hair and make-up to be allowed at weddings


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.57 28 Oct 2020


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One woman says a rule which bans hair stylists and make-up artists from weddings is 'stupid' and should be changed.

Updated Fáilte Ireland coronavirus guidelines have deemed hairdressers and make-up artists as non-essential for weddings under level five restrictions

But an online petition is appealing for a change to the rule.

Irene Terry is a photographer and co-owner of Ray Terry Photography in Cork.

She set up the petition and told Newstalk Breakfast she cannot see the logic in the restriction.

"I found out last week about the rules when level five came in.

"I was actually horrified, it's just another blow to the wedding industry - we've suffered enough in the summer and it was just like a light switch that went off, we couldn't do anything about it".

She said brides have reacted as expected, when told they cannot have hair and make-up on the big day.

"They're so disgusted - they were delighted that they got some clarity, in that you can have have 25 guests - but now they're saying that you can get married, but you can't have your hair and make-up done.

"The thing is there's no proof that the girls or boys work in an unsafe environment.

"It's an extremely safe and professional environment.

"And they've spent an awful lot of money in getting new hair straighteners, wands, so they can use one on the bride and one on the bridesmaid.

"So they're after loosing a lot of money, and all they're asking for really is one hour just with the bride - the bridesmaids can wait."

"How can you be expected to get married and spending a fortune on a dress, and you have to do you own hair and make-up?"

She said those involved are taking the proper safety precautions.

"There wouldn't be any problem really if it's done in a safe environment.

"There hasn't been any COVID outbreaks so far from a wedding.

"They're in a separate room with the bride, they're covered in PPE gear, so I can't see how it actually would pose a problem."

"I understand there's a pandemic going on, but I feel it's very unfair and without any proof that it actually came form a hairstylist or a make-up artist on the day of a wedding.

"I can't see any reason why it can't go ahead as normal".

"We need more signatures we need them to change this stupid rule, really.

"I know now we need to keep safe and stuff, but this is ridiculous".

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