Brits STILL can’t get their brows or lashes done as salons banned from ‘face to face’ treatments
BRITS still can’t get their brows or lashes done as salons remain banned from ‘face to face’ treatments.
Today the Culture Secretary revealed that nail bars, salons and tanning parlours will be able to open their doors in England again from Monday.
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The beauty industry is one of the last group of businesses to be able to fling open their doors again – after pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels were able to reopen from July 5.
But they will have to follow strict guidance on keeping salons clean because of the close-contact work.
Staff have to wear visors or use screens when treating clients and walk-in treatments are banned – you have to book instead.
And 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.
People will be allowed to get their nails done or have a leg wax – as that’s not directly in front of the face.
Where a two metre distance can’t be kept, people will have to wear a mask or a visor to protect themselves from getting infected.
Businesses will need to keep records of staff and customers and share these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, and they will have to do a covid risk assessment before they reopen.
The guidance also applies to businesses that operate in different locations, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.
What else was announced this evening:
- Grassroots sport will be able to restart from this weekend – but clubs have to submit coronavirus “action plans”
- Brits will be able to hit the gym or go swimming as well as they reopen from July 25
- Outdoor pools can reopen from Saturday
- Theatres and music venues can start performances outdoors, and there will be some trials of indoor peformances
Full list of banned treatments
* Face waxing/ sugaring/ threading
* Facial treatments
* Facial technical
* Eyelash treatments
* Make-up application
* Electrolysis on the face
* Eyebrow treatments
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Business Secretary, Alok Sharma said tonight: “We have been clear throughout this crisis that we want as many businesses as possible to reopen, but we must be confident it is safe for them to do so.
“From Monday 13 July thousands more businesses which offer close contact services like nail and beauty salons will be able to welcome customers back in a way that is safe for both workers and the public.
“Enabling these often small, independent businesses to reopen is yet another step in our plan to kickstart the economy to support jobs and incomes across the country.”
Millie Kendall MBE, British Beauty Council, said: “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.”
All the rules you’ll have to follow in beauty salons
- 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 hand washing 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; and
- 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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