Beauty salons expected to 'reopen April 12th at earliest', government announce

Personal care premises such as beauty salons, hairdressers, and close contact services in England are expected to reopen no earlier than 12th April, the Government has announced today (22nd February).

Addressing the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put forward the government's ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021', setting out the new roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

Under the new guidelines, personal care premises such as beauty salons, hairdressers and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms) all fall under the Step 2 category.

These changes will take place no earlier than 12th April, subject to an assessment of the data against the following four tests:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • The government's assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps. There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days' notice of the restrictions to be eased.

In its ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' report, the Government highlighted that personal care activities accounted for £21.1 billion in the UK in 2019 (£18.9 billion in England), providing 566,000 jobs (507,000 in England). Women are significantly overrepresented in this sector, making up 85% of the workforce.

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