Prices in hairdressers, hotels, cafes and pubs are set to rise in post-lockdown Northern Ireland.
Despite promises to keep them at pre-pandemic levels, key industry figures have warned customers of imminent hikes, to reflect increased costs and reduced capacity - and because they will struggle to offer deals across a range of services.
Hairdressers said the price of a blow-dry, cut or colour was likely to rise by at least £5 as salons offset extra costs.
Belfast publican Willie Jack, owner of the famous Duke of York, the Harp Bar and The Dark Horse, said that punters can expect the price of a pint to rise to £5, while Botanic Inns boss Stephen Magorrian warned that the cheapest wine on the menu could cost just under £20 a bottle.
Cafe owner Karen Grace, of Gwyn's Cafe and Pavilion in Londonderry, said cafes "may have to raise their prices to offset all the new health and safety costs".
And while none of the hoteliers contacted by the Belfast Telegraph admitted there would be price hikes, Janice Gault from the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation indicated there are challenges ahead.
"There are additional costs for business: sanitation, new operational procedures and new equipment," she said.
"There are also issues around reduced capacity which brings into question the viability of some activities.
"Meanwhile, a number of income streams are effectively cut off as hotels are still unable to stage weddings and spas are restricted."
Strict social distancing controls are likely to be reduced soon by the Executive from two metres to one, after Prime Minister Boris Johnston relaxed the rules in England earlier this week.
It follows repeated calls from the hard hit hospitality, services and tourism sectors, as the roadmap to reopen the region gathers pace.
Northern Ireland's food-serving pubs, restaurants and hotels are gearing up to reopen on July 3, while hairdressers will have their scissors at the ready on July 6.
Ken McClure, vice president of the Northern Ireland Hairdressers Association, said most salons would find price hikes unavoidable.
"Prices will have to go up by around £5 per person to offset the additional costs we'll incur to reopen safely," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"Owners will need to provide personal protection equipment (PPE), hand sanitisers, perspex screens and take other safety measures."
Mr McClure, who owns Kenneth Michael International Hair and Beauty in east Belfast, said they would have to spread out appointments so that there will be fewer clients at any one time to comply with social distancing rules.
"There will be a very limited waiting area and we'll be asking people to come alone," he added.
"We'll also have to consider putting up extra pegs for clothes and wash gowns after every use."
Colin Neil of Hospitality Ulster said it is "hard to predict what effect increased costs and social distancing will have on pricing".
He added: "Pubs are looking at new business models and trying to work out how they break even."
Mr Jack, a renowned publican, said the price of a pint will increase.
"I can see prices going up because of the cost of security required to keep numbers below a certain capacity," he said.
"The Duke of York and Harp Bar are both busy non-food, live music venues and I'll have to operate at somewhere between 35% and 50% capacity.
"A pint might increase from £4.80 to £5. That's also to avoid dealing with change. A glass of wine will probably stay the same price.
"Any publican who reopens will probably be losing money for the rest of the year."
Mr Magorrian, whose bars include the hugely popular Northern Whig, said he was "reviewing all prices" both to reflect increased costs and for safety reasons.
"We need to move away from £4.25 and £4.15 and go to £4.50 or £5 to cut down on the level of change we're carrying," he said.
"The cheapest bottle of wine in the Whig is £19.50, whereas a glass is up by 50p to £6.50 or £7."
He added: "The major thing we'll be doing is avoiding deals such as two courses for a set price mid-week, or kids eat free on a Sunday, or cocktail happy hour."
Julie Hastings, marketing director at Hastings Hotels, whose portfolio includes The Europa and Grand Central in Belfast city centre, said prices will stay static.
"Prices at each of our seven properties are being kept very much the same as pre-lockdown to encourage as many bookings as possible," she said.
Hospitality chief Michael Stewart, who co-runs House Belfast hotel, bar and restaurant, said "it's inevitable that a lot of venues will have to increase prices to sustain the costs they incur".
He added: "For hotels it's a moving feast so nobody knows. If the Chancellor reduces VAT in the next budget it will give us room for manoeuvre on prices."
Ms Grace, of Gwyn's Cafe and Pavilion, said that price hikes are likely, although she pledged: "I won't be putting up mine."
She added: "Others may have no option but to increase their prices given all the extra costs incurred in complying with the new safety rules."