Rules can vary across the country when lockdowns are imposed. If you have specific questions about your particular area, please contact your local authority. You can find your local authority on the government website. You can also email the Department of Health and Social Care with any queries about local lockdowns: TTDHSCexternalaffairs@dhsc.gov.uk
The following applies as set out in the updated guidelines for England:
Which services can be provided?
All services can be provided. Saunas and steam rooms are allowed to open under step 3 of the roadmap which started on 17 May 2021. Services and treatments must be adapted to avoid long periods of face-to-face working.
Beard trims can be carried out. Find out more about managing risk on the government website.
What PPE is required?
Staff should wear a visor and Type II face mask. The NHBF recommends this as best practice to keep staff and clients safe and to reduce the risk of transmission. Find out more on the government website.
We are aware that some local authorities are interpreting the guidance more strictly. They are entitled to do so if they believe it is required by local circumstances. If in doubt, you should contact your local environmental health team.
Clients must wear a face covering. The guidance says that clients must not remove their face covering unless this is essential for a particular treatment. Find out more on the government website.
Unless it is crucial for the treatment, change practices to avoid any potential skin-to-skin contact. You should continue to use gloves for any treatments where there is a risk of contact with blood or body fluids.
Must I self-isolate if I come into contact with someone who tests positive even though I am wearing PPE and following the close contact guidance?
Yes. The guidance says:
Individuals contacted via the NHS Test and Trace service, having been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, will still need to self- isolate even if wearing a visor/goggles and Type II face mask at work.
Can we serve refreshments?
You are able to provide refreshments in line with the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.
Can I provide physical reading materials?
You are able to provide reading materials such as magazines and newspapers in client waiting areas.
Do we still need to support the test and trace programme?
Yes. The government guidance says:
In order to ensure that businesses are able to remain open, you must:
- Display the official NHS QR code poster. Official NHS QR posters can be generated online.
- Ask every customer or visitor aged 16 and over to check in to your venue or provide their contact details. Individuals can check in quickly and easily using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan in the NHS QR code poster.
- Have a system in place to ensure that you can collect information from your customers and visitors who do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the NHS COVID-19 app. You must keep this data for 21 days and provide it to NHS Test and Trace, if it is requested. Check what data you need to collect and how it should be managed.”
Do I have to display a Covid-secure notice?
Yes. The guidance says:
We would expect all businesses to demonstrate to their workers and clients that they have properly assessed their risk and taken appropriate measures to mitigate this. You should do this by displaying a notification in a prominent place in your business and on your website, if you have one.
What is new in the latest guidance?
Additional information includes:
When can training start again?
Independent and private training providers in the personal care services sector were allowed to reopen from 8 March 2021 to offer practical and hands-on training and assessment. They must follow government guidance for reopening.
Training in salons and barbershops
Training can take place in salons and barbershops from 8 March 2021 if:
- Training cannot be done remotely.
- Everyone taking part is a staff member.
- No members of the public are involved.
What PPE must I wear?
The following treatments can be carried out safely, whilst wearing a Type II mask and clear visor because they are not within the ‘high risk zone’ which is the area directly in front of a client’s eyes, nose and mouth:
- Cutting, styling, treating, enhancing and providing chemical services hair on top of the head.
- Body only waxing.
- Hand and nail treatments: manicure and pedicure.
- Manual therapies on the body only: massage treatments.
- Advanced technical therapy treatments on the body only (electrical or mechanical) galvanic; micro-current; microdermabrasion; low intensity LED light; skin warming devices; high/radio frequency; electrical muscle stimulation, lymphatic drainage
- Wellbeing and holistic treatments on the body only: Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki, , aromatherapy massage acupressure treatments, body/holistic massage, relaxation strategies and stress management, thermal therapy treatments.
- Self-tanning: hand-held and spray tanning lotion.
- UV tanning.
- Body only electrical epilation.
- Body only lasers and IPL (laser, intense pulsed light, and lighter emitting diode).
- Body micro-pigmentation (semi-permanent make-up).
- Body only skin blemish removal.
- Body sports therapy.
- Body only acupuncture and body only aesthetic treatments.
What about high-risk close contact treatments on the face?
You should only carry out the treatments listed below if you are wearing the right grade PPE. This includes:
- A fluid-resistant surgical face mask (FRSM).
- Eye protection (goggles or full face visor).
- Disposable gloves and apron.
The treatments include:
- Trimming, detailing, outlining or shaving facial hair (beards, moustaches or eyebrows).
- Waxing, sugaring or threading services.
- Manual and technical facial treatments (electrical or mechanical).
- Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical including facial steamers).
- Eyelash treatments.
- Make-up application.
- Electrical epilation.
- Eyebrow treatments.
- Botulinum toxins and dermal fillers.
- Lasers and IPL (laser, intense pulsed light and lighter emitting diode).
- Chemical peels.
- Semi-permanent make-up (micro-pigmentation, micro-blading and scalpology)
- Skin blemish removal (electrocautery and electrolysis).
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