The Prime Minister confirmed at yesterday’s media briefing that hairdressers and barbers in England can reopen next weekend for “services related t
The Prime Minister confirmed at yesterday’s media briefing that hairdressers and barbers in England can reopen next weekend for “services related to cutting or treating hair on the head only.” Guidelines are in place for hair businesses to prepare for reopening on July 4 in England. Here’s what the Government has said about staying safe at the hairdresser’s.
While hairdressers and barbershops can reopen in England next week, that isn’t the case for the whole nation.
According to the National Hair and Beauty Federation, salons and barbershops in Wales are expected to reopen from 13th July (after a review on 9th July) and in Northern Ireland from 6th July.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that hairdressers and barbers in Scotland can reopen from July 15.
But what are the rules in hairdressers and barbers?
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What do I need to do to stay safe at hairdresser?
The Government has published a document on ‘Safer Workplaces’, outlining how businesses can prepare for reopening.
The guidelines are based on the most up to date scientific evidence, and businesses cannot open unless they are following these guidelines and deemed COVID-19 secure.
Firstly, all salons must stick to social distancing and maintain two metres between clients or one metre with additional precautions, such as the use of screens.
This means no hugging your hairdresser in delight when you see them for the first time!
Face coverings are what the government is advising to be worn on public transport.
Evidence suggests that although they don’t protect you from catching the virus, they may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.
Clients are also welcome to wear a face covering for added security.
They cover the “highest risk zone”, which is where splashes and droplets from the mouth and nose come from.
Some expected hairdryers to be banned, but the guidance does not state this.
You also cannot go to your local salon, barbers or hairdressers without an appointment.
Walk-ins are banned, and salon and barbershop owners will be required to keep a record of all clients and visitors for 21 days.
This protocol is in place to support the NHS test-and-trace system, which aims to control the outbreak of virus by identifying everyone who has been in contact with a new case.
Forget about the complimentary booze or biscuits on your next trip to the salon.
No food or drinks are to be consumed in salons or barbershops by clients until further notice.
However, you don’t need to go thirsty. Water is allowed if sipped from a disposable cup or bottle.
The rules will be the same for beauty businesses preparing to reopen when the rules ease a little more.