Beauty & hair in England to close from 5th November

The beauty, hair and complementary therapy sectors in England will be forced to close from Thursday 5th November in new COVID-19 restrictions announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

Under the new restrictions, non-essential shops and personal care facilities including beauty, hair and nail salons, massage clinics, body piercing clinics, tanning salons, non-medical acupuncture clinics and tattoo parlours will need to close and you will not be allowed to visit other peoples' homes, even for work purposes, meaning that mobile services must also halt. 

The restrictions are currently set to last until Wednesday 2nd December.

It is still unclear as to whether beauty and hair training schools are able to remain open, although the guidelines do state that the government will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. We are working to clarify this as soon as possible.

Commenting, Dave Horton, Director of ABT, said:

“Boris Johnson has this evening (31st October) announced a new four-week lockdown across England, starting from Thursday requiring all non-essential businesses to close. It is our early understanding that all beauty, hair, nail and associated businesses will once again unfortunately be asked to close, for what we understand to be a timed period of four weeks until the 2nd December.

“We are awaiting further details, however early indications are that the furlough scheme, due to end tomorrow (1st November) will be extended until December. We will be requesting more information in the coming days of specific financial support packages for our industry and will update as soon as this becomes available. For now at least, it seems the message has reverted back to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Published: 1.11.2020