Nail salons open: Are nail salons open now?

Brits have been long awaiting the reopening of nail salons after four months of remaining closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many in the industry had hoped that nail bars and salons would be allowed to reopen on July 4, alongside hairdressers. However, due to the amount of face-to-face and hands-on interaction required in nail salons, the Government made the decision to hold off their reopening.

Are nail salons open now?

As of Monday, July 13, nail salons and bars in England will be allowed to reopen.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the move on Thursday, July 9, during a Downing Street briefing.

Mr Dowden said that “normal life is slowly returning” as he announced the reopening.

Alongside nail salons, Mr Dowden announced “other close contact services” will also be able to reopen from July 13.

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This includes tattoo studios, spas, massage parlours, physical therapy businesses, tanning salons and body and skin piercing services.

However, facial treatments, including eyelash extensions and cosmetic surgery, will not be allowed just yet.

Staff members will have to wear visors or use screens when treating clients, and customers will only be able to attend by booking an appointment ahead of time – no walk ins.

Additionally, salons will need to use the track and trace system to keep records of staff and customers to be shared with the NHS in the event of a second wave.

Nail salons will have to follow a number of Government guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

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These will include:

  • Limiting the number of people using the facility at any one time; customers will be required to book before attending.
  • Spacing out equipment or taking some out of service to maintain social distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning and providing hand sanitiser.
  • Considering queue management or one-way systems to reduce contact between people.

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Business Secretary Alok Sharma said that the Government’s aim has always been to reopen “as many” businesses as quickly as possible.

Mr Sharma said: “We have been clear throughout this crisis that we want as many businesses as possible to reopen, but we must be confident it is safe for them to do so.

“From Monday, July 13, thousands more businesses which offer close contact services like nail and beauty salons will be able to welcome customers back in a way that is safe for both workers and the public.

“Enabling these often small, independent businesses to reopen is yet another step in our plan to kickstart the economy.”

Millie Kendall MBE, from the British Beauty Council, said: “The decision to broaden the scope of available hair and beauty services will allow many more beauty professionals to get back to work.

“It will also allow many more beauty professionals to get back to work, and will allow customers to benefit from a range of beauty treatments which can be carried out safely for both client and practitioner.

“It is a positive step, but we are still only part of the way there.

“We will keep working closely with governing bodies and supporting everyone in beauty until we are able to achieve the fully-reinvigorated beauty industry we all want.”

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