The government has confirmed that salons, barbershops and close contact mobile services can reopen on Wednesday, 2 December 2020.
Previously, the reopening date set by the government was Thursday, 3 December 2020. However, new legislation means the reopening date is now Wednesday, 2 December 2020.
England: salons and barbershops to stay open in three-tier system
On Wednesday, 2 December 2020, England will return to the three-tier system.
Salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, massage parlours and tanning salons can remain open in all three tiers. This includes mobile and home-based businesses.
However, there are some restrictions on clients travelling:
England: close contact guidelines now updated
Covid-secure guidelines for close contact services must be followed. The government has now published updated guidelines for England.
England: full 28-day grant to be paid
BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) has confirmed to us that the full 28-day grant (coronavirus grant due to national restrictions) will still be paid to salons and barbershops in England, even though they are now allowed to open a day early. Please check with your local authority.
Scotland: reopening time and date confirmed
It has been confirmed that the level 4 restrictions which came into effect at 6pm on Friday, 20 November will be lifted at 6pm on Friday 11 December. Find out more on the Scottish Government website.
Northern Ireland: two-week circuit breaker
A two-week ‘circuit breaker’ began at midnight on Thursday 26 November and will last until 11.59pm on Thursday, 10 December. This means close contact businesses including salons and barbershops can reopen on Friday, 11 December.
Businesses that must close include:
– Those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes, and those in retail environments.
– Hair and beauty in vocational training environments.
Close contact services relating to the continuation of essential health interventions and therapeutics can still operate.
Businesses that don’t comply can be fined between £1,000 and £10,000.
Wales: keep up to date with latest guidelines
The Welsh Government is advising hair and beauty businesses to check back often for the latest guidance on providing close contact services as this will be kept under review.