England customers could finally return to beauty salons last month for the first time after several months of lockdown. However, a number of close-proximity services, including eyebrow treatments, facials, and make-up applications, could not be offered to the clients. Such restrictions led to the loss of jobs for many beauticians and out of business for many salons. Therefore, beauty industry members launched the “bring beauty back” campaign. Henceforth, the government promised that salons could reopen completely from August, but it got postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases. However, the government has now permitted ease in lockdown restrictions, including permission for beauty salons to offer close-contact services.
What are the permitted treatments?
Partial reopening and now complete reopening of salons offer you the following beauty services:
- Body waxes
- Body trims
- Eyebrow waxing
- Eyelash tinting
- Eyebrow threading
- Make-up application
- Eyelash extensions
Protecting staff and customers
The government has outlined specific safety measures for workers providing close-proximity services, other staff, and customers. Suppose the service needs to reduce the two-meter distance that has to be regularly maintained. In that case, the practitioner should wear an additional protective covering to ensure that the barrier protects the customer and the staff from respiratory droplets caused by speaking, coughing sneezing. Moreover, services can be offered to only those clients who have made a prior booking, and only water can be consumed on the premises. All the guidelines are also applicable for practitioners offering services at different locations, such as homes.
Moreover, nail bard and beauty salons reopening is also being planned to revive the economy-loss and support incomes and jobs in the country.
Guidelines for the rest of the UK
The lockdown guidelines for the other parts of the UK are different from those of the public in England. The Scottish government has permitted reopening for hairdressers and salons.
Moreover, beauty salons, make-up counters, nail bars, spas, and other beauty-related businesses might be allowed to resume soon. However, physical distancing alongside increased hygiene measures has to be ensured. Northern Ireland and Wales have also been permitted to reopen their beauty salons, nail bars, and tattoo parlors.
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Safety measures after reopening
Several safety measures have been introduced to protect customers alongside staff at beauty salons and nail bars. Therefore, the government demands reopening businesses to abide by the COVID-19 secure guidelines. According to the workplace, various safety measures need to be adopted. Social distancing has to be maintained alongside ensuring sanitization areas, the introduction of one-way flow routes, and staggering the arrival of employees. England beauty salons are using barriers in environments like nail salons to ensure the safety of both staff and customers. The seats of the clients must be spaced adequately, and practitioners should wear gloves. Furthermore, the frequency of washing hands should be increased alongside ensuring surface cleaning and keeping activity time minimum.
If you feel uncomfortable going to salons or beauty parlors, you can practice several beauty treatments at home. You can try different therapies on your own without the need of practitioners.