It’s official: Monday 17 May will mark stage three of Boris Johnson’s road map out of lockdown and it includes changes to the way barbers and hair salons operate.
The UK Government has confirmed that Step 3 of the lockdown roadmap in England will take place on 17 May.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation updated people in England about key changes on their Facebook page last week alerting the industry to updates for hair and beauty.
They wrote: “The Close Contact Services guidance has been updated for England.
“When step 3 comes into force (due to start no earlier than 17 May) you will be able to provide reading materials such as newspapers and magazines in client waiting areas. You will be able to provide refreshments in line with the guidance for restaurants, pubs, and bars.”
They added: “The government have committed to giving one week’s notice before step 3 begins.”
Close contact service guidance
It’s important to note that close contact service guidance should still be followed from Monday 17 May.
To recap, a clear visor/goggles and a Type II face mask should be worn by hairdressers and barbers and clients should wear a face covering unless they are exempt.
Clients should not remove their face coverings, unless it is essential. For example, if they’re getting a treatment on their face that would normally be covered by a face covering.
In addition, the UK Government guidance for hair salons and hairdressers who reopened in England on 12 April 2021 included new information on the following:
- New requirements for NHS Test and Trace
These measures should continue to be taken into account.
More generally, current rules allow people to gather in small groups outdoors, as well as enjoy outdoor dining at pubs, cafes and restaurants, although a large number of measures are still in place.
However, come Monday 17 May the following will be permitted to reopen:
- indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain
- remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas
- indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas
- remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs
- adult indoor group sports and exercise classes
- some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events. Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people, or 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity (whichever is lower) will be allowed, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 4,000 or 50 per cent capacity. The Government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25 per cent of total seated capacity.
- international travel, subject to review
To find out more about working safely while offering close contact services, read the Close Contact Services guidance here.