BOOK that massage, manicure or tan you've been dreaming of getting for three long months in lockdown, as from tomorrow you can finally get it done.
Last week the Culture Secretary announced that nail salons, tattoo venues, massage parlours and tanning establishments will finally be able to reopen their doors once again from Monday.
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Treatments such as manicures, massages, pedicures and body waxes will be able to restart.
Beauty salons and spas are among some of the last places to reopen after lockdown – because of fears that the close contact would help spread the virus.
However, it won't be completely back to normal when the venues reopen their doors.
They will first have to complete a strict risk assessment, and then stick to tough new rules too.
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.
Here's what salons have been told they have to do when they reopen to keep customers safe.
Venues have been told they must run an appointment-only booking system to minimise the number of people on the premises at any one time.
Be sure to give them a call or book online before you turn up.
NO FACE TREATMENTS
Not all treatments will be able to be offered when salons reopen.
Anything that involve touching another person's face – such as facials and eyebrow threading will stay banned because of the risk of spreading germs.
Face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facial treatments, should not be provided until government advice changes, due to the much greater risk of transmission.
Staff have to wear visors or use screens when treating clients, the new guidance says.
You may have to wear a mask to have your treatment done, too.
When having your nails done, both parties may have to wear gloves to make sure they aren't passing on any germs.
LEAVE YOUR NUMBER
Businesses will need to keep records of staff and customers and share these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, just in case someone in the salon gets the virus.
It will mean someone can give you a call and tell you to self isolate or get a test if you need to.
Salons have been told they must get treatments done quickly.
They should do all they can to keep the time they are in the shop or store to a minimum if they can.
You might be asked to wash or sanitise your hands when you enter the salon.
The venues will be told to increase the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning.
Staff will have to regularly clean equipment, and will be told to usedisposable equipment where possible rather than resuing it.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Your salon will have to make sure that it has sufficient distance between the chairs, so everyone can socially distance in a safe way.
NO FOOD & DRINK
Customers will only be allowed to consumer water when they come in to the salon.
Other drinks – and food – should be banned.
Business Secretary, Alok Sharma said today:“We have been clear throughout this crisis that we want as many businesses as possible to reopen, but we must be confident it is safe for them to do so.
“From Monday 13 July thousands more businesses which offer close contact services like nail and beauty salons will be able to welcome customers back in a way that is safe for both workers and the public.
“Enabling these often small, independent businesses to reopen is yet another step in our plan to kickstart the economy to support jobs and incomes across the country.”
Millie Kendall MBE, British Beauty Council, said tonight: “The decision to broaden the scope of available hair and beauty services will allow many more beauty professionals to get back to work, and will also allow customers to benefit from a range of beauty treatments which can be carried out safely for both client and practitioner.
“It’s a positive step, but we are still only part of the way there. "
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