Beauty salons & hairdressers set to reopen 'this July at earliest'

Following Boris Johnson's address to the nation yesterday evening, the Government has today issued its ‘COVID-19 Recovery Strategy'.

Providing further details to the public, the three-step timetable focuses on when lifting of restrictions could occur and how these will affect businesses. Although some sectors of the economy are predicted to slowly return over the coming weeks, it appears the beauty and hair industries will have to remain closed until July at the earliest.

In England, step one will apply from this Wednesday (13th May). For those not able to work from home, sectors of the economy that are allowed to be open include food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories, and only if employers can guarantee strict safeguarding measures. However, workplaces such as hospitality and non-essential retail still remain the exceptions and are not permitted to open.

The second phase is expected to be made no earlier than Monday 1st June. Non-essential retail may begin to reopen at this point, dependent on businesses being able to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines

According to the strategy: “All other sectors that are currently closed, including hospitality and personal care, are not able to re-open at this point because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher. The opening of such sectors is likely to take place in phases during step three.”

Phase three is planned to commence no earlier than 4th July. The Government explain that “… the ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care (such as hairdressers and beauty salons), hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation), public places (such as places of worship) and leisure facilities (like cinemas).”

However, the document stresses that all measures are entirely dependent on successfully controlling the virus. If any sudden rises in infection rate occur, some restrictions may be re-imposed.

For more information and to read the full list of current guidelines, click here.