9 September 2020
This update covers:
- NHBF survey finds salons and barbershops are struggling.
- Local restrictions in Bolton include face treatment advice.
- Local restrictions in Caerphilly will affect salons and barbershops.
- Stricter measures reintroduced in England.
NHBF survey finds salons and barbershops are struggling
A substantial 41% of salons and barbershops who responded to a new NHBF survey say they are worried they may not survive until Christmas.
And three in four salons and barbershops say business is down compared to the same period last year, with 71% saying they expect their business to remain slow based on upcoming bookings. Almost a third expect to cut staff in the next three months.
NHBF chief executive Hilary Hall said: “We are calling on the government to help businesses get back on their feet with further measures. This is vital if businesses are to survive. Our industry generates over £7.5bn in turnover for the UK economy and it is very much in the government’s best interests to support it.”
The NHBF has written to the Chancellor and shared the results of the survey asking for further support for the hair and beauty industry.
Local restrictions in Bolton include face treatment advice
Stronger measures have been put in place in Bolton as cases of coronavirus in the town reach the highest in the country. Close contact services which involve treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application are being advised against.
The restrictions also include:
- All hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to takeaway only.
- Late-night restriction of operating hours, meaning venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am.
Local restrictions in Caerphilly County will affect salons and barbershops
From 6pm today (9 September 2020) new restrictions will be in place in Caerphilly County in response to a rise in coronavirus cases:
- Indoor meetings and overnight stays will not be allowed.
- Face coverings will be mandatory indoors, including shops, for everyone over 11.
- No travelling to/from the county without reasonable excuse.
Our understanding is that the face covering rule will apply to clients in salons and barbershops in Caerphilly County. The Welsh Government says:
Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor premises open to the public, such as shops (in addition to on public transport).
Stricter measures reintroduced in England
Social gatherings of more than six people indoors or outdoors will be illegal in England from Monday, 14 September 2020.
“Although this does not directly affect salons or barbershops, it is a reminder that the government is prepared to reintroduce stricter rules if it feels this is necessary. Salons and barbershops should continue to follow government guidelines for close contact services to help guard against being shut down again,” says NHBF chief executive Hilary Hall.
- Read our four nations FAQs.
- Read our FAQs on the government’s safe reopening guidelines.
- Download our free reopening guide for salons and barbershops. Non-members will need to create a free account.
- Our coronavirus FAQs are regularly updated. Check back often for the latest information..
- Read our regularly updated job retention scheme FAQs.
- NHBF Members can download an information poster, email and social media message for clients.
- Members can call our membership team, Monday-Friday, 9-5, on 01234 831965. Please be patient due to the extremely high level of calls we are currently getting.
- For legal advice, Members can login to get our 24/7 legal helpline number. Again, please be patient. The legal team is also dealing with a huge number of calls.