Oliver Dowden, Secretary of Culture, Media and Sport today announced that beauty salons and beauty professionals in England will be allowed to return to work on Monday 13th July - but with restrictions.
Lesley Blair, chair of BABTAC, says “ We welcome BEIS and the Government’s commitment and tireless efforts to work with all of us in finding a feasible and safe solution to reopen our beauty businesses. We are however acutely aware of the continued plight of so many businesses specialising in, or solely focused on, the excluded treatments and will continue to seek further solutions, including financial relief and additional scientific and medical evidence, to help all business to return as soon as viably possible.
Millie Kendall MBE, British Beauty Council says, “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. We will keep working closely with governing bodies and supporting everyone in beauty until we are able to achieve the fully-reinvigorated beauty industry we all want.”
Hilary Hall, chief executive of the National Hair & Beauty Federation says, “We don’t yet have a date for when treatments in the ‘high-risk zone’ will be allowed, and so will continue to push hard for more financial and business support for those in beauty who cannot yet return to work. This is essential to protect people’s livelihoods and our industry’s future. We will keep working closely with government officials, alongside other industry bodies, to get these businesses open as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Devolved Nations Updates:
Scotland today announced that Hairdressers and Barbers may return on the 15th July with updated guidelines coming out this week and that Beauty will return on the 22nd July - provided the R ratio remains below 1. We await further clarity on the full guidance.
Wales is due to make an announcement tomorrow on whether Hairdressers & Barbers only can return from Monday the 13th (by appointment only) Awaiting update on Beauty too.
Northern Ireland opened up both Hair & Beauty on the 6th July