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What The New Lockdown Rules Really Mean for Hairdressers

On Sunday Boris Johnson talked about lifting lock down rules. This included a phased return of some retailers and some school years from the beginning of June. Some hospitality businesses may be allowed to open from early July. So what does this mean for salons? 

In the government guidelines issued on Monday, it looks like salons will not reopen till July 4th at the earliest. They could potentially reopen in phase three of the UK Government’s roadmap (which is estimated to begin on July 4) if the infection level is low enough and the scientific evidence says it’s safe to do so. These businesses will also have to meet the Government’s Covid-19 Secure guidelines.

Obviously, the proximity in those two sectors is something where we don’t think we’re ready yet given where we are with the virus. Ireland are expected to re-open on 20th July in phase four of the irish Government’s Coronavirus plan.

Mr Johnson said: “We have the R below one, between 0.5 and 0.9 – but potentially only just below one. This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week. Instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures.”

We are starting the first careful steps to modify our measures.

The below rules are part of a 50-page guidance document published by the Government.

Phase one – starts on May 13 

  • Some industries, such as construction and manufacturing, are being encouraged to return to work if safety measures are in place.
  • If you return to work, you should drive, cycle or walk there as opposed to taking public transport.
  • The public will be allowed to take “unlimited amounts of exercise” outdoors, allowing members of the same household to play sports and sunbathe together, while maintaining 2m social distance from others.
  • Two people from different households can meet in a park if they stay 2m apart.
  • Fines will be hiked up for people who break the rules, from £60 to £100 – up to a max of £3,200 for multiple offenders.
  • People coming in from abroad via air will be quarantined for 14 days when they come into the UK.

Phase two – estimated to start no earlier than June 1

  • Sectors such as “hospitality and personal care are not able to reopen at this point because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher,” the report stated.
  • The gradual reopening of schools in England, starting with primary school children in reception, year one and year six, with the aim for all primary school children to return before the summer holiday. However, this will only be if the infection level is low enough.
  • Secondary schools will be closed until September
  • Phased reopening of non-essential shops. The Government will issue further guidance shortly on the approach that will be taken to phasing, including which businesses will be covered by this phase.

Phase three – estimated to start no earlier than July 4

  • “Personal care” businesses – aka beauty salons and hairdressers – could potentially reopen on July 4, subject to if the infection level is low enough. They will also have to meet the Covid-19 Secure guidelines
  • “Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part,” said the report.
  • Hospitality sector to reopen with social distancing
  • Reopening of public places
  • Pubs, restaurants and gyms may not open until the final phase, which will come later (not until after autumn).

However, it is still unclear exactly when UK spas can expect to reopen, but the Irish Spa Association believes that if these businesses “follow strict protocols and guidelines then their reopening should be a consideration for June”.

There are many mixed emotions regarding Boris Johnson’s action plan, we can see that barbers, hairdressers and spas are dealing with covid in the safest possible way and there sticking to the safety guidelines that have been given. It’s great to see that stylists are protecting themselves and only advertising for when for when business re open in July.

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