England has a three-stage strategy which will see the gradual opening of all businesses and companies that have been shut since lockdown began in March. The Government has introduced a COVID-19 recovery strategy which indicates that beauty salons and personal care businesses will reopen once the country has reached stage three of the lockdown.
Boris Johnson has published his plan to “give people hope” in the form of his long-awaited “roadmap” for getting Britain out of its coronavirus lockdown.
Entitled “Our plan to rebuild”, the 51-page dossier sets out a three-phase strategy for gradually lifting the current restrictions.
Mr Johnson says to save lives “we must acknowledge that life will be different, at least for the foreseeable future”.
The document says: “The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care (such as hairdressers and beauty salons) hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation), public places (such as places of worship) and leisure facilities (like cinemas).”
Non-essential shops will be allowed to trade on site again from June 15; open-air markets can run again from June 1; and primary schools will resume in a limited capacity from next week.
The current advice – Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives – has been marred by the discovery that the Prime Minister’s top aide Dominic Cummings made a 260 mile trip to Durham from London during the lockdown, then made a further trip to tourist attraction Barnard Castle to test his eyesight.
When will sunbed shops reopen?
The earliest sunbed shops can serve customers again will be from July 4 onwards.
What else remains closed?
Pubs, bars, and restaurants are still closed, and will be among the last to reopen.
The Government has said this will most likely not happen until after July 4, and could possibily be pushed back into the Autumn.
The Government has said that businesses that defy the lockdown risk being prosecuted by trading standards officers, who have the power to issue “potentially unlimited fines”.
Non-essential retailers have begun preparing for reopening, with major shops like John Lewis announcing plans for how and when stores will open again.
Ikea has also announced it will be reopening stores for click and collect orders from June 1.