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

Care Facilities

 

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.

Staff on these premises should be put in pairs if they have to work within an arm’s length of someone for a sustained period of time, to minimise social contact.

Type II face masks should be used by all staff which are medical face masks made up of protective three-ply construction that prevents large particles from reaching the client or working surfaces.

Customers’ contact details should be recorded for NHS Test and Trace as well as staff shift patterns to identify who was working at the time of any reported case of Covid.

Premises are urged not to have radios or stereos playing at a loud volume. The guidance says: “Steps should be taken to mitigate the increased risk of virus transmission associated with aerosol production from raised voices, such as when speaking loudly or singing loudly, particularly in confined and poorly ventilated spaces.

“This should include lowering the volume of background music and discouraging people from raising their voices or shouting.

 

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