Tonight the Prime Minister has given personal care facilities and close contact services the green light to reopen on April 12th.
Beauty and hair salons are now permitted to reopen as part of the second phase of the UK’s roadmap out of the ongoing lockdown. Since shutting on January 5th such businesses have been swamped with booking requests for next week’s impending reopening. For businesses looking to reopen, strict rules will need to be adhered to and the government has issued guidance on how to make premises and treatments as covid secure as possible in order to keep staff and clients safe.
The new guidance refers to all “close contact” services which includes hairdressers, barbers, and beauty salons as well as tattoo studios and spas. For mobile and home-based professionals, the new guidance is also applicable.
Rules For Personal
Socially-distanced waiting areas should be provided for customers and when these spaces fill up, salons should use a ‘one in, one out system. In addition, businesses are urged not to provide newspapers or magazines in waiting areas.
The new rules also include the implementation of more frequent handwashing and surface cleaning, working from the back (behind the client) or the side, regularly circling the customer, and wearing visors and face masks.