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