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Nail salons open: When will nail salons reopen in the UK?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced the biggest changes to lockdown so far, as he detailed the reopening of Britain’s economy. All non-essential stores, including clothing and craft retailers, have been allowed to reopen since June 15. Car dealerships and outdoor markets were reopened on June 1, along with the announcement that people could spend time with friends in groups of up to six people outdoors. The Government has also scrapped the two metre social distancing rule from July 4 and said a “one metre rule” would be introduced. So, what does all this mean for nail salons?

When will nail salons reopen in the UK?

In the last regular daily coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, June 23, Mr Johnson confirmed that hairdressers are allowed to open from July 4.

However, he said that nail bars, spas, and beauty salons will have to wait a little longer to reopen.

Mr Johnson said: “Almost as eagerly awaited as a pint will be a haircut – particularly by me, Mr Speaker – and so we will open hairdressers with appropriate precautions, including the use of visors.

“We also intend to allow some other close contact services, such as nail bars to reopen as soon as we can; when we are confident that they can operate in a secure way.”

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Nail bars will remain closed for the time being due to the risk of transmission they pose through close contact with customers.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that close proximity in the hospitality centre is “something where we don’t think we’re ready yet, given where we are with the virus”.

As nail salons are also classed as hospitality, they are hoped to open soon after the rest of the sector.

Will nail salons be safe when they reopen?

In terms of protection for customers and staff, it is still unsure what measures will be implemented in nail salons.

The letter reads: “As I’m sure you’re aware, current uncertainty is hugely worrying for the thousands of hair and beauty businesses throughout the UK.

“Because it is not possible to work in hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy without being in physical contact with clients, information and guidance on personal protective equipment is urgently needed.

“We are, of course, very willing to continue working with colleagues in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to help them develop sector-specific guidance.

“This needs to happen rapidly to give businesses sufficient lead -in time to source appropriate supplies as well as plan for reopening.”

Fatima Naveed, brand manager at Duck & Dry in London, said: “We haven’t received any Government guidelines on what to do when we reopen yet.

“We do have to have a balance between limiting the number of customers, services performed or hours with the businesses being able to survive.

“All businesses with high fixed costs, rents, high staffing rates, and we’ll be looking for extra staff to disinfect our surfaces and equipment too.

“We will continue our struct hygiene measures including face masks and gloves, and will disinfect the space after every client visit.

“We plan to limit clients to one at a time, only offering pre-booked appointments so we can control the footfall in the salon.”


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