Petition Reopen salons during lockdown with measures in place to practice safe services.
Salons not only provide a wanted service by the general public, they are also an essential requirement to aid good mental health for a lot of people.
With gloves, masks, Visors, hand sanitizer, hand washing, Disposable gowns & aprons. These services can be practiced safely with little risk.
When large scale businesses like supermarkets, big hardware stores & furniture outlets Can stay open with thousands of people queuing and in close proximity on a daily basis, then surely a small business with a handful of visitors each day are no more at risk of causing cross infection of Covid-19.
Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons could reopen under stricter measures benefiting the public and economically supporting these small businesses at a time of great difficulty.
This response was given on 17 July 2020
Beauty salons across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13 July. We thank members of this industry and their customers for their patience in this difficult time.
Beauty salons across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13 July under new government plans, announced 9 July.
Updated COVID-19 secure guidance sets out the measures that those providing close contact services should follow to protect staff and customers. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients. This means that treatments such as face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facial treatments, should not be provided until government advice changes, due to the much greater risk of transmission.
Enabling these often small, independent businesses to reopen is yet another step in our plan to kickstart the economy to support jobs and incomes across the country.
Businesses offering close contact services may find the COVID-19 secure Close Contact Services Guidance useful to prepare for reopening. The guidance can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services. Further business support can also be found here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.
We thank members of this industry and their customers for their patience in this difficult time.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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E-petition session on easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions
On Wednesday 15 July, the Petitions Committee will hold its first ever hybrid ‘e-petitions session’ in response to petitions relating to the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions, including this one.
MPs will discuss the Government’s approach to easing the lockdown, in light of petitions about easing Covid-19 restrictions on certain sectors, businesses and activities which have gained over 287,000 signatures. Chloe Smith MP, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, will respond for the Government.
This session has been scheduled because sittings in Westminster Hall (where e-petitions are normally debated) are still suspended as part of Parliament’s arrangements for adapting to the Coronavirus outbreak, and because the Government has not provided more time for debates on e-petitions in the main Chamber of the House of Commons.
In this session, MPs will be able to take part in person or remotely via video link. This will be the first time that MPs will discuss e-petitions in this new hybrid format. Petitions sessions and debates are an opportunity for MPs to discuss the important issues raised by petitions, however they cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition.
Watch live from 2.30pm on Wednesday 15 July: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M23xrNJMaM8