With 'Freedom day' finally upon us, Covid-19 restrictions and regulations have now been fully lifted and people and businesses will no longer be legally required to follow certain rules regarding face masks or reopening their premises.

However, not everyone has decided to shed the restrictions that have been in place for the last 18 months or so.

With experts warning that dropping all Covid-19 restrictions could be disastrous for both the UK and the rest of the world, several businesses across Cornwall have made it known that they will not be getting rid of their Covid rules so quickly.

In Truro, Elite Hair and Beauty Salon has decided it will be continuing to ask customers to wear face masks and sanitise their hands in order to protect both those visiting the salon and those that work there.

In an update on its social media page, Elite Hair and Beauty said: "With government restrictions set to ease next week we are very much looking forward to the relaxing of most of the rules.

"With COVID so rife in Cornwall, we have decided we all need to stay safe, so we will be keeping up our stringent stay safe policy as before and also continue with the wearing of face masks to protect our wonderful clients, our loyal staff and our businesses.

"With this in mind we respectfully and politely ask you to join us in the wearing of face masks too.

"We do hope you understand and respect our choices in looking after us all."

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Over in Camborne, the Tyacks Pub and Hotel took a similar stance and informed its customers via its Facebook page that it would still require them to wear a mask when not seated.

In the update, Tyacks Hotel said: "With restrictions being lifted, Tyacks has had to assess how to move forward in respect to safety of our staff and families as well as our customers and the sustainability of the business.

"We have decided that the staff will continue to wear masks and we will continue to require our patrons to wear masks when not seated.

"We will continue with table service where required however customers will be allowed to order food & drinks at the bar, whilst wearing a mask.

"With the business being structured in the same way as it has been previously, there will be no entertainment.

"We shall continue this until the end of August where we can reassess our policies and our decision to change our policies will be influenced by what is going on in Cornwall.

"As much as this may not be the news that our patrons want to hear, my team and I feel that complete disregard of the restrictions would be irresponsible and we want to instil in our customers that we want to keep them and ourselves as safe as possible."

Etherington's Farm Shop in Redruth also took to social media to update customers on its stance regarding the easing of restrictions.

Pointing to the fact that cases of infections are still high, Etherington's announced that it would not be changing its rules.

In the announcement, Etherington's said: "We are not changing!

"From July 19 face masks must be worn in the shop.

"COVID infection rates are higher than they have ever been in Cornwall and we must protect our staff.

"I am sure you will continue to cooperate, thank you."

According to research from the Office for National Statistics, 64% of adults in Great Britain said they still plan to cover their faces in shops, with the same percentage claiming they would still wear them on public transport too.