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Ask the NHBF: salons closed in Tier 4 areas

December 21, 2020

A look at where we are at with salon closures around the UK at this point in time.

England: close contact businesses closed in Tier 4 area 

On Saturday Boris Johnson announced a new Tier 4 for London and parts of the South East and the East of England that are now in Tier 3. Tier 4 restrictions include the closure of all personal care services from Sunday 20 December in London, South East and East of England.

  • London (all 32 boroughs)
  • Kent
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Berkshire
  • Surrey (excluding Waverley)
  • The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth Rother and Hastings
  • East of England
  • Bedford, Central Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
  • Hertfordshire
  • Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)

Salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, massage parlours, tanning salons and mobile businesses can remain open in all Tiers 1-3.

The Coronavirus Business Grant and Local Restrictions Support Grant given to businesses forced to close under the tier restrictions will be available for Tier 4 businesses. Full details of the financial support available can be found here.

Northern Ireland: close contact businesses to close on Boxing Day. 

The Northern Ireland Executive announced that from 00.01 on 26 December Northern Ireland will enter a 6-week lockdown (with a review after 4-weeks) which will require all non-essential businesses to close including all close contact services (including mobile).

It was announced that:

  • Those with a genuine medical need will still be able to access specific hair and beauty services by appointment only but must provide the appropriate medical records.
  • Make-up artists and hair & beauty practitioners working for the purpose of film and TV will still be able to operate.
  • Click and collect is banned for non-essential businesses forced to close this will include hair & beauty businesses.
  • Financial packages for the 6-week period are expected to be announced next week.

Find out more on the Northern Ireland Executive website.

Wales: close contact businesses to close under level four 

The Welsh Government just announced:

  • All close contact businesses closed midnight on Saturday instead of Christmas Eve as previously stated.
  • This level four lockdown will be reviewed in three weeks.

Find out more on the Welsh Government website.

Download a pdf from the Welsh Government website which clearly explains what is allowed under levels one to four.


For information go to nhbf.co.uk