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July 24, 2020


Face coverings not required to be worn by the public/customers in salons and barbershops
The Government has confirmed that in England face coverings do not need to be worn by the public/customers in salons or barbershops or for other close contact services.
As of 24th July 2020, face coverings are now to be worn by the public/customers in shops and supermarkets, but not so in salons or barbershops where as outlined in versions 1,2 and 3 of the guidance, a visor should be worn by practitioners. Customers can still wear a facemask if they wish.

The public/customers must wear a face covering in shops.
Staff in salons, barbershops and members of the public/customers visiting salons and barbershops must wear face coverings. It is also recommended that staff wear a visor in addition to a face covering.

The Welsh Government has said that in some circumstances where it might be difficult to stay two metres away from others, they are advising the use of three-layer, non-medical face coverings.
In salons and barbershops, staff should all wear a visor.

Northern Ireland
In salons and barbershops, staff should wear a visor.

NB: Managing ‘risk’ is critical to the services you offer to your customers and for the staff who perform these services. These must be adapted as necessary to ensure best practice, the highest levels of health, safety and hygiene and PPE usage.


BEIS is hosting a webinar next week on safe working for close-contact services – please see the details below. It is free of charge, so please do register as we think it will be in high demand

New COVID-secure webinars for hospitality, salons and other close-contact workplaces

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to recap COVID-secure guidance on how to operate safely and to give your feedback on implementing the guidance in practice, and where you would seek further clarification.

·        Working safely during Coronavirus: Close Contact Services: 11am Tuesday 28 July

Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for close-contact services, such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. Register here in.