When will beauty salons reopen in the UK?

There is currently no date as to when beauty services can resume.

Boris Johnson announced in a briefing on Tuesday June 23 that hairdressers could reopen, but not nail bars, beauty salons or spas. Beauty salons will not be allowed to reopen as it is believed it will be more difficult to mitigate the risk of transmission. Mr Johnson said: “We also intend to allow some other close contact services, such as nail bars, to reopen as soon as we can; when we’re confident they can operate in a secure way.”

Following the Prime Minister’s statement, a source from the Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) said “the Prime Minister only said hairdressers from 4 July. Everything else is closed until the government, not the individual, determines it is safe for them to reopen.”

The news came as a shock to many beauty salons owners and beauty industry professionals who have already lost months of income and with no current date proposed for reopening, they will have to keep their businesses closed.

“I’m disappointed with this announcement,” says Millie Kendall, chief executive of the British Beauty Council. “It’s bizarre to me as nails and beauty are so hygiene and safety conscious. They’re probably more prepared than any other service. But I think it’s down to the face-to-face contact, as hairdressers work behind the client, rather than in front like in beauty services. But the government doesn’t know the subtle nuances of our industry, so this news is very frustrating.

‘Shame on you, parliament’ wrote Sarah Jossel in a Sunday Times article directed at expressing the anger that the beauty industry as a whole feel. Would Boris Johnson and William Wragg, the two men who chuckled away while discussing the reopening of beauty salons, spas and clinics, be laughing if we took away their cars because, without doing much research, we decided “it wasn’t safe”? Jossel questioned.

As of today, 7th July 2020, there is no set date for the beauty industry to re-open. It’s probably time to invest in an at-home gel manicure set.

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