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England’s spas, nail salons and beauty services set to reopen across all tiers

Heat experiences, including saunas and steam rooms, will also be allowed to operate under new rules from December 2

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The UK government has announced that all spas, nail salons and beauty services in England will be able reopen regardless of which of the three tiers they fall into following the end of current lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, December 2.

Announcing details of the new post-lockdown tiers that will come into force next week in England, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, confirmed that most of England will be in one of the top two coronavirus tiers when current restrictions end. The new system will be subject to regular reviews, the first of which will take place on December 16.

Across all three tiers, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that spas, nail salons and beauty services in England can reopen, and are expected to follow the Covid-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and employees.

Other businesses in this ‘Personal Care and Close Contact Services’ category include tattoo parlours, massage businesses and tanning salons.

According to a BEIS spokesperson, heat experiences, including saunas and  steamrooms, will be able to reopen in all tiers.

However, a decision is still pending as to whether spas located within hotels and resorts will be allowed to reopen as standalone operations. The spokesperson said that “online guidance will be updated as soon as [the decision] is made”.

The Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, speaking yesterday during the Spa Life International (UK) online convention, pointed out that Covid-19 transmission figures through salons have not been a major contributor to the spread of the disease.

“We have seen the transmission statistics and we know that transmission through salons is way, way down the list,” she told delegates.

The guidance on reopening differs across the UK, so the BEIS advises that if your business is located in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland,  you should approach the Devolved Authorities to confirm their position.

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