28 July 2020
This update covers:
- Face coverings in salons and barbershops: change to England guidelines.
- Wales: beauty guidelines now published.
Face coverings in salons and barbershops: change to England guidelines
The government guidelines about face coverings for England have been updated. The guidelines now say that you should strongly encourage clients to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces such as salons and barbershops where social distancing may be difficult and where clients come into contact with people that they do not normally meet.
Staff should wear a visor.
- In Scotland, face coverings must be worn by staff and clients. Visors are recommended for staff, but face coverings are mandatory.
- In Wales, face coverings are optional. Staff should wear a visor.
- Northern Ireland is following the England guidelines.
Wales: beauty guidelines now published
While there is currently no outright ban on providing treatments on the face, Public Health Wales recommends ‘a fluid-resistant surgical face mask, eye protection (goggles or a full face mask), disposable gloves and apron, plus sufficient training in putting PPE on and taking it off and standard infection control procedures’.
- In England, treatments on the face are not allowed until 1 August 2020.
- In Scotland, treatments on the face are not specifically banned, but must not be carried out if they will involve prolonged periods in the high-risk zone in front of the face.
- In Northern Ireland, treatments on the face are allowed.
- 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.