• Eamonn Watson


Updated: Jul 31

The beauty sector has re-opened, but the restrictions in place on close contact services which were due to resume on August 1, have now been extended further until at at least August 15.

On Monday 13 July the following businesses can re-open, based on guidance to ensure their safe reopening.


Nail bars and salons and beauty salons

Tanning booths and salons

Massage parlours

Tattoo parlours

Body and skin piercing services

However no treatments are allowed on the face now, until at least August 15.

Examples these services are those in the highest risk zone, defined as the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, though this list is not exhaustive :-

· face waxing, sugaring or threading services

· facial treatments

· advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)

· eyelash treatments

· make-up application

· dermarolling

· dermaplaning

· microblading

· electrolysis on the face

· eyebrow treatments

· intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards

· advanced beauty therapy and aesthetic treatments (this does not apply to medical settings)

Updated COVID-19 secure guidance which you can read in full below sets out the measures that all those providing close contact services should follow to protect staff and customers including :-

Where 2 metre social distancing cannot be maintained, for example when providing a treatment, the person providing the service should wear further protection in addition to any that they may usually wear.

This should be a clear visor that covers the face, or the use of a screen or other barrier that protects the practitioner and the customer from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking.

  • using screens or barriers to separate clients from each other, and to separate practitioners from clients, such as in nail salons

  • operating an appointment-only booking system to minimise the number of people on the premises at any one time

  • keeping the activity time involved to a minimum

  • increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning, as well as regularly cleaning equipment or using disposable equipment where possible

  • avoiding skin to skin contact and wearing gloves where it is not crucial to the service, such as in nail bars and tanning salons

  • maintaining sufficient spacing between customer chairs

  • not allowing food or drink, other than water, to be consumed in the salon by customers

  • making sure a limited and fixed number of workers work together, if they have to be in close proximity to do their jobs

The guidance also applies to businesses that operate in different locations, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.

Businesses will need to keep records of staff and customers and share these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

Employers should display a downloadable notice in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors to their workplace, that they have followed this guidance.

Here's a link to the full guidance

Download your Covid Secure poster

Once you have carried out a risk assessment you should display this notice in your workplace to show that you have complied with the guidance on managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).


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