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

Andrew M. Santos
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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