Monday the 12th April will mark a huge milestone in the road to recovery for our Industry in England with all Close Contact Services including all Hair & Beauty (mobile included) returning to work. The only exclusion will be Saunas and Steam Rooms which are only due to return in Step 3 - on the 17th May at the earliest.
Wales lifted some restrictions with Hair & Barbering allowed to reopen (appointments only) on Monday the 15th March and Beauty Businesses will also be opening at the same time as England on Monday the 12th April. They have just released their updated guidance today (click here) and for Acupuncture and Sports Therapies click here
In Scotland Hair & Barbering opened on the 5th April (appointment only, no mobile) while the first possible date Beauty may return remains the 26th April. Click here for full details. Their updated guidance for Close Contact Services has been released and can be accessed here. We share our Scottish Beauty Member's disappointment and frustration surrounding the restrictions remaining in place with regards to not being able to remove the mask and continue to do everything we can to get this legislation changed or, failing that, securing further finance for those businesses affected. This week our Sector Coalition sent the following letter to the Scottish Minister for Business. Our CEO & Chair Lesley Blair also received the following response back directly from The Scottish Government COVID Business Department regarding additional options and updates on funding yesterday.
Northern Ireland are still in full lockdown with a review to take place on the 15th April. Contactless Click and Collect for non essential retail resumes from Monday the 12th April. Click here for full details
Members - please remember there are tools, templates and links available to assist your reopening in our Member's Lounge in our Back to Work Toolkit. (members will need to be logged in to access them) We have also updated our Reopening FAQs and A list of Funding Options. Members are also welcome to visit our additional HR Section which provides templates to help with the return to work of staff and general HR requirements.
The Beauty Backed Trust is working incredibly hard to assist as many critically affected businesses as they can to be in a position to open their doors. This is available to all UK Nations. For more information on how to apply for assistance please click here