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Beauticians were excited to learn they would be permitted to reopen all of their services from August 8. However, in the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s coronavirus address on July 31, he announced the Government had postponed the reopening of higher-risk settings. So when exactly will beauty salons be permitted to offer eyebrow treatments and facials again?
Mr Johnson dealt a heavy blow to beauticians on July 31 when he announced the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England expected earlier this month was to be postponed.
He revealed several businesses including casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut.
The PM added now is the time to “squeeze the brake pedal”.
Furthermore, face coverings will be mandatory in more indoor settings, including cinemas and museums.
The Government’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, warned the UK may have hit its limits on easing restrictions.
Professor Whitty said: “The idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control is wrong.”
In addition, Professor Whitty said the reopening of schools in England this autumn is a “difficult balancing act”.
He added: “We have probably reached near the limit, or the limits, of what we can do in terms of opening up society.”
When can beauty salons reopen fully?
Beauty salons first reopened on July 13, but not all services were available.
Treatments deemed to be too high risk, such as close contact services could not be undertaken.
These banned services include:
- Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
- Facial treatments
- Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
- Eyelash treatments
- Make-up application
- Electrolysis on the face
- Eyebrow treatments.
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Originally these close contact services were due to resume from August 1 subject to heavy restrictions.
However, with the delays in the easing of lockdown restrictions these services including eyebrow treatments and facials are not open for customers to book.
On hearing the news, Millie Kendall, chief executive of the British Beauty Council said: “I am incredibly disappointed by this news, and these last-minute announcements are devastating for our sector.
“This will further impact us financially and morally.”
On July 31, Mr Johnson announced these delayed reopenings and easing would be revisited in two weeks.
This would mean some services may be able to reopen from August 15 subject to further Government guidance.
However, these reopenings are contingent on the prevalence of coronavirus around the UK.
Since July 31 increases of the virus has been reported in several cities across the UK including Preston where further restrictions have been implemented and other areas which are being closely monitored by health officials.
What new guidelines have been introduced for beauty salons?
All beauty salons must be COVID-secure in order to reopen.
The Government has advised the following measures to ensure venues are COVID-19 secure:
- Using screens or barriers to separate clients from each other, and to separate practitioners from clients, such as in nail salons
- Operating an appointment-only booking system to minimise the number of people on the premises at any one time
- Keeping the activity time involved to a minimum
- Increasing the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning, as well as regularly cleaning equipment or using disposable equipment where possible
- Avoiding skin to skin contact and wearing gloves where it is not crucial to the service, such as in nail bars and tanning salons
- Maintaining sufficient spacing between customer chairs
- Not allowing food or drink, other than water, to be consumed in the salon by customers
- Making sure a limited and fixed number of workers work together if they have to be in close proximity to do their jobs.
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