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Update from Government on remaining Close Contact Services

July 31, 2020

Remaining ‘close contact services’ will now not resume in England on 1 August as originally planned.

Boris Johnson announced on Friday, 31 July, that many services and activities set to reopen on 1 August have been postponed for at least two weeks due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. This decision is likely to be reviewed on or around the 14/15 August.

The services postponed include (but are not limited to):
– Facials of any kind such as chemical peels, dermaplaning, microneedling, hydrafacials, LED therapy, laser therapy, and microcurrent
– Eyelash extensions, tints, waxing, or lifts
– Eyebrow waxing, tints or reshaping
– Threading or waxing anywhere on the face, acupuncture on the face, and make-up application.

Beard trimming will still be allowed, but should be limited to simple beard trims, thinning, or removing bulk or length, which can be done using either clippers or scissors with the correct PPE in place. Intricate detailing, outlining, or shaving of beards and moustaches should not be carried out, as this requires prolonged periods near the “high-risk zone”.

These new rules apply to all beauty and hair professionals, including freelancers, mobile professionals, and retail and session make-up artists.