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Beauty Salons Reopen for The First Time in Four Months

Businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely from today.

Spas, massage studios and physical therapy businesses will also be able to welcome customers again from today, after four months of enforced closure. 

Businesses will be required to meet coronavirus guidelines, and restrictions on treatments which involve work directly in front of the face will not be available. This means that treatments such as facial waxing, eyelash treatments and make-up application should not be provided until government advice changes, due to the much greater risk of transmission. 

The government has worked with a range of stakeholders in the beauty industry to develop safety measures that those conducting close contact services will need to consider. Measures include; using screens and barriers to separate clients from each other, and separate clients and practitioners, increased hand washing and surface cleaning, appointment-only booking systems and keeping activity time to a minimum. 

Business Secretary, Alok Sharma said: “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.”

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