Beauty salons across England have been given the green light to reopen, so it’s time to book in your wax. The sector was left out what was dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, and beauty workers were left in confusions as hairdressers freely reopened on July 4. Today, Oliver Dowden confirmed the date beauty salons can reopen their doors.
When will beauty salons reopen?
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announced a number of changes last week’s media briefing, including the fate of the nation’s beauty salons.
He said: “We want to see all of our venues open as soon as it’s safe to do so and today’s announcement brings us a further step closer towards that reality.”
Beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons, and other close contact beauty services can reopen across England from today, Monday July 13.
Beauty salons will also be able to reopen in Scotland, but not until July 22.
According to Treatwell, the nature of the services that salons offer means that high hygiene standards have always been imperative.
Salons have already started talking about the precautions they are taking, and customers will be required to follow.
Customers will most likely be required to wash their hands upon arrival, and salon staff won’t be able to touch any of your personal belongings.
Many hair salons are currently asking customers to “travel light”, and beauty salons may ask the same. They may even ask you t leave all personal belongings at home.
Chairs and basins will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly between appointments, and it is unlikely that you will be offered any refreshments.
Unnecessary items, such as magazines and newspapers, will be taken out of the salon– so the experience is going to be very different than it was pre-pandemic.
Of course, clients or staff will be required to stay at home if they have a cold, a temperature or if they have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms.
What safety measures will be in place?
Stylists and therapists will be required to wear full ‘dentist-style’ PPE, including visors, and clients may also need to wear PPE such as a face covering.
Treatwell partners have also been encouraged to consider leaving the salon door open to minimise surface-touching and to increase ventilation.
You’ll need to get an appointment quickly though, with walk-in treatments strictly prohibited.
Fewer people will be allowed in the salon at any given time, you may find it tricky to book in a last-minute facial.
There will be no waiting in or lurking around outside a salon, and every person will need to socially distance themselves from others inside.
If you have a go-to beauty salon, you should expect an email or phone call from them soon.
Your local salon should communicate their health and safety guidelines before your appointment, so double check before you turn up.
Almost all beauty treatments require person-on-person contact, making it difficult to socially distance from the salon member serving you.
This has ruled out your chances of a relaxing massage because the job relies completely on physical contact.
When will high-risk services be allowed?
It is not certain when high-risk services, such as facial waxing or eyelash treatments, will be allowed.
Hilary Hall, chief executive of the National Hair & Beauty Federation says, “We don’t yet have a date for when treatments in the ‘high-risk zone’ will be allowed, and so will continue
to push hard for more financial and business support for those in beauty who cannot yet return to work.
“This is essential to protect people’s livelihoods and our industry’s future.
“We will keep working closely with government officials, alongside other industry bodies, to get these businesses open as soon as it’s safe to do so.”