Beauty salons criticise government’s ‘sexist’ reopening guidelines

Andrew M. Santos
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From Saturday 15 Aguust, beauty salons in England are allowed to offer customers close-contact services such as eyebrow threading and facials. But they were previously forced to delay reopening fully, after Boris Johnson postponed lifting lockdown restrictions further due to a rise in Covid-19 infections.

Salons were initially permitted to reopen, along with tattoo parlours, tanning shops, and nail bars, partially on 13 July and were meant to reopen fully on 1 August to allow treatments involving the face. However, this was delayed to the increase in coronavirus cases in the north of England.

Salons were told that facial treatments were still too dangerous due to the increased risk of spreading Covid-19 between workers and customers. This is because splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth could be easily transmitted from one person to another. Although workers understood the science, they criticised the details of the plan

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New York City quickly became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States this past spring. As the novel coronavirus has spread rapidly elsewhere nationwide, New York has been able to bring cases down and began to reopen businesses this summer, making it a possible blueprint for other American cities once they have the virus under control.

Anyone who has ventured out to a store or small business that is not a grocery store or a pharmacy (which are also quite different than they used to be but remained open during the shutdown) knows that retail experiences and services are not like what they once were. There are a lot of new rules put in place to keep customers and employees safe, which might

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‘Sexist’ beauty salon rules mean reopening might just not be worth it

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Salons will have very strict rules to follow, even if they are Covid-secure - John Lawrence
Salons will have very strict rules to follow, even if they are Covid-secure – John Lawrence
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The Government’s ‘sexist’ rules regarding beauty salons mean it is not financially viable for some of them to reopen, therapists have claimed.

Beauty salons, nail bars, massage studios, skin piercing services, physical therapy businesses and spas will be allowed to reopen from Monday. 

However, beauty salons will be prohibited from performing any facial treatments such as eyebrow threading and waxing, or eyelash tinting – treatments that some therapists claim make up their “bread and butter”. 

The new rules have sparked accusations that the beauty industry, which contributes around £30billion to the economy and has a workforce and clientele predominantly made up of women, is being unfairly treated by allegedly ‘sexist’ rules.

Helen Ward, who runs Sirens Hair and Beauty Salon, in Durham, said: “I think they have given us

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Macy’s Reopening Across Orange County: Newport Fashion Island

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Macy’s Department Stores will reopen several stores in Southern California, with coronavirus safety precautions in place, the chain announced Thursday.

Chief stores officer at Macy’s Marc Mastronardi commented on the openings, describing changes the store will undergo amid the coronavirus pandemic. New precautions are in place to keep customers and store workers safe, he said.

“We are now offering curbside pick-up to make getting what you want quick and easy,” Mastronardi said. “Our teams have come together and supported each other and our communities throughout this challenging time, and we look forward to safely serving our customers whenever they are ready to shop.”

For customers shopping in the stores, Macy’s has implemented enhanced safety and wellness procedures to help combat any potential health concerns, complying with the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended protocols, such as:

  • frequent and enhanced cleaning in heavily trafficked areas and on hard

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