Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Thursday denied that she broke the United Kingdom’s national lockdown rules while visiting a hair salon in London.
Chopra Jonas was issued a verbal notice by the London Met Police while visiting the Josh Wood Colour Salon in Notting Hill, London with her mother Madhu Chopra.
Chopra Jonas’ spokesperson told the Daily Mail that she had booked a private session to colour her hair for a film that she is shooting in London, after obtaining the necessary paperwork.
The spokesperson said, “Following government guidance, Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ hair was coloured by Josh Wood for the purpose of the film she is currently shooting.”
Salon owner and celebrity hair stylist Josh Wood issued a statement on Twitter stating that everyone involved in the process had been tested and had been following appropriate guidelines. He said that the authorities had been shown paperwork permitting Chopra Jonas and Wood to conduct the session, and they had been satisfied by it. No fine was imposed, he said.
According to the Daily Mail, Chopra Jonas and her mother were spotted visiting the salon by officers in Notting Hill on Wednesday. Shortly after the duo stepped inside the salon, two police officers came in a car and ordered them to step outside.
A spokesperson for the Met Police told the Daily Mail: “Police were alerted at around 17:40hrs on Wednesday, 6 January to reports of a Covid breach taking place within a hairdressers on Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill.”
“Officers attended and the owner of the salon was given a verbal reminder of the need to comply with all regulations regarding Covid-19 and signposted to sources of advice.” said the spokesperson.
On January 4, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared a national lockdown with new rules across England, to prepare for the new and highly contagious strain of Covid-19 that has surfaced. According to the data collected from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, the United Kingdom has recorded over three million cases of the coronavirus to date among which England alone has over two million cases.