Beauty salons and hairdressers in England officially reopened on April 12 after several closures across the UK.
Mobile therapists also received the green lift to resume their activities.
But with the restrictions changing frequently over the past few months, many of us are wondering when – and how – we can next afford some well-deserved pampering. Here’s all you need to know …
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When can beauty salons open in England?
Hairdressers and personal care services such as nail and beauty salons reopened in England on April 12, 2021, according to Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ to come out of lockdown. This is the second of four stages in easing restrictions. The plan is to remove all limits on social contact and reopen the rest of the economy from June 21 (step four).
This is subject to four criteria: the vaccination program is progressing as planned; vaccines sufficiently reduce deaths from Covid and the need for hospital care; current infection rates are unlikely to increase hospitalizations; and the new variants of the virus do not change the level of risk of loosening the lockdown.
The country has been subject to national lockdown restrictions since January 5, 2021. All non-essential retail and personal care services across the country – including beauty salons – have since been closed.
When can beauty salons reopen in Wales?
According to government guidelines, you can now visit all salons and hairdressers alone or with members of your household in Wales, but social distancing measures must still be observed.
When can beauty salons reopen in Scotland?
Nicola Sturgeon announced on February 23 that the salons could reopen on Monday April 26.
When do beauty salons reopen in Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland has yet to set a date for reopening beauty salons.
What can you expect from your post-containment beauty treatment?
The government has issued guidelines for “close contact” businesses, which include beauty salons.
As with hairdressers, much of the beauty salon experience requires hands-on treatment, so some of the social distancing measures are as follows:
- No waiting areas: some clients are asked to show up for their appointment on time or wait outside the lounge
- Increased hygiene and disinfection, e.g. replacement of all disposables between customers
- By appointment only
- Clients seated at least three feet apart
- Doors and windows open to increase ventilation
- Plexiglas screens in receptions
- Elimination of certain treatments
- No cash, with card appointments sometimes taken in advance
- Protective visors for therapists
- No magazines, food or drink offered
How did beauty salons reopen after the first lockdown?
In July, when hairdressers and beauty salons first reopened in the UK, some facial services were still banned despite the authorization of beard trimming at hairdressers, causing a major backlash. .
While some treatments, like spray tans and manicures, resumed in July, subsequent treatments weren’t allowed until mid-August.
- LVL (eyelash enhancement)
- Eyelash tint
- Microblading of eyebrows
- Eyebrow and eyelash tint
- Eyebrow shaping
- Facial treatments
- professional makeup
In 2020, hairdressers and barbers were given the green light to reopen on July 4, but beauty salons and nail bars were not on the list.
A government source responded to BABTAC on June 24 regarding when beauty salons would reopen. They said, “As to why the hairstyle [is opening] not beauty, the answer is because the government is taking a gradual and cautious approach to reopening the economy to make sure we limit the spread of the virus.
“This means that choices had to be made as to which businesses to reopen in the next phase. “
The government’s decision to open more businesses, like hairdressers and barbers, before beauty salons drew criticism that women-run businesses were being left out.
MP Caroline Nokes said it appeared the easing of the lockdown was “designed by men, for men”.
“What we’ve seen are businesses run by women left in the back of the pile. It’s very obvious that men with hair need barbers and hairdressers; they maybe need less. pedicures and waxes for the legs.
“And it is absolutely evident that the beauty industry has 90% female employees and the majority are businesses run by women. We are preventing our women entrepreneurs from returning to work.”