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Reopening Beauty Salons and Nail Bars

Businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely under new government guidelines.

Those providing close contact services should follow the guidance to protect staff and customers.

Only services that do not involve standing directly in front of the face should be made available to clients until August 1 when all services can resume. Treatments such as face waxing, eyebrow waxing, eyelash application, make-up application and facial treatments, should not be provided until August 1.

The government has worked with a range of stakeholders in the beauty industry to develop measures that need to be put in place in order to operate:

  • using screens or barriers to separate clients from each other, and to separate practitioners from clients, such as in nail salons
  • operating an appointment-only booking system to minimise the number of people on the premises at any one time
  • keeping the activity time involved to a minimum
  • increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning, as well as regularly cleaning equipment or using disposable equipment where possible
  • avoiding skin to skin contact and wearing gloves where it is not crucial to the service, such as in nail bars and tanning salons
  • maintaining sufficient spacing between customer chairs
  • not allowing food or drink, other than water, to be consumed in the salon by customers
  • making sure a limited and fixed number of workers work together, if they have to be in close proximity to do their jobs.

For more advice on Covid-19 related topics click here.