BEAUTY IS BACK
Updated: Oct 13, 2020
The beauty sector has re-opened, with the restrictions in place on close contact services lifted from August 15th
However all staff offering close contact services, including hairdressers, should now wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face. This will help protect the customer and staff from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.
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.
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.
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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