Published on the 25th of June 2020.
There has been a lot of confusion amongst practitioners regarding the requirement of beauty salon services, nail bars and spas to remain closed.
Today we have received a further update from the Department of Health in response to our request for additional clarification.
In addition to confirming that the advice detailed within our original statement (published on the 2nd of June) is accurate they have also advised that;
‘You will note there are no longer ‘exemptions’ for certain types of services who may operate, instead, there is now a specific list of business venues and services which must remain closed which can be found here.
Guidance to help ‘close contact’ business activities, including beauty and nail salons, prepare for re-opening can be found here. ‘
What could this mean for you?
Prior to the re-opening of non-essential retail services in the UK, healthcare services were listed as an exemption to the closure requirements and were able to resume from the 1st of June.
Since the Guidance document ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ was updated on the 15th of June all references to healthcare services have been REMOVED from the list of businesses that must remain closed and has been replaced with a specific list of business venues and services which must remain closed.
As a government-approved register, it is our role to engage with the government to seek advice and clarification on how the regulations affect our registrants and the wider landscape.
We cannot give specific advice to individual practitioners and we cannot be any more specific than the advice we have been given. However, we do understand that practitioners feel that they need more specific advice and guidance in trying to determine whether they are able to re-open.
To assist, we have linked to a statement that has been prepared by our clinical Director Emma Davies who shares her own perspective and interpretation of the guidelines with regards to her own clinical practice.