Beauty salons and spas can reopen on July 13th, Government announce

Following yesterday's announcement, the Government has released updated safety guidelines for beauty salons, nail salons and spas in England.

From Monday (13th July), these locations will be allowed to reopen for some services providing they meet with the new COVID-19 secure framework, which outlines the measures that those delivering close contact services should follow to protect staff and customers.

Under the new rules, no facial treatments will be permitted: “Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients. This means that treatments such as face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facial treatments should not be provided until government advice changes, due to the much greater risk of transmission.”

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The guidance applies to beauty professionals in all settings, including “businesses that operate in different locations, such as massage therapists working in people's homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.”

Over recent weeks, the Government has worked closely with a number of industry bodies to formulate the new COVID-19 secure principles for close contact workers.

Reacting to the news, Millie Kendall MBE, British Beauty Council, commented: “The decision to broaden the scope of available hair and beauty services will allow many more beauty professionals to get back to work, and will also allow customers to benefit from a range of beauty treatments which can be carried out safely for both client and practitioner. It's a positive step, but we are still only part of the way there. We will keep working closely with governing bodies and supporting everyone in beauty until we are able to achieve the fully-reinvigorated beauty industry we all want.”

Helena Grzesk, UK Spa Association, added: “I am extremely pleased that BEIS has published updated guidelines allowing spas to reopen. Spas can be a complex environment to risk assess and understand, simply because we work across such a wide range of wellness sector disciplines. The evidence we provided demonstrated that spas have always operated as semi-clinical environments, and we were happy to work with BEIS to ensure the sector was able to begin to reopen as safely yet swiftly as possible, so that we could get back to helping the nation recover physically, mentally and emotionally post-lockdown.

“I am confident that these new government guidelines will help all spas and salons prepare in detail for a safe and successful reopening, and I look forward to our sector getting back to business during this difficult time.”

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