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When will beauty salons open? What we know about treatments reopening after lockdown ahead of announcement

The i 19/02/2021 Alina Polianskaya
a dining room table: Beauty salons have been closed during lockdown in England (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty) © Provided by The i Beauty salons have been closed during lockdown in England (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty)

Among businesses that are currently closed in England under the Covid-19 lockdown is beauty salons, leaving people to take care of their own eyebrows, nails and skincare.

Many will be keen to know when they will be able to get professional treatment once more.

An announcement is expected next week that might shed some light on when we can expect different sectors of society to reopen.

Here’s what we know about when beauty salons might open again.

When can we expect an announcement?

A Government announcement is expected on Monday 22 February setting out a plan to gradually ease lockdown.

It is understood that a final decision on the roadmap is to be made this weekend when officials have the latest Covid-19 data.

It is likely the announcement will provide some details about when different sectors may reopen.

What do we know about beauty salons reopening?

No date has yet been announced for the reopening of beauty salons.

The current government guidance for lockdown in England is beauty salons are among businesses that have to close.

a person standing in front of a cake: Beauty, hair and nail services have been closed for some time (Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty) © Provided by The i Beauty, hair and nail services have been closed for some time (Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty)

The list also includes “personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons” as well as “tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close”.

It adds that “these services should not be provided in other people’s homes”.

Prior to the third national lockdown in England, which came into force on 5 January, beauty salons were allowed to operate under the tiered system, in tiers 1, 2 and 3 – but they could no longer operate in tier 4 areas after this was introduced.

Some sources have suggested the tier system is unlikely to be reintroduced after lockdown ends, though this is not yet certain.

The earliest date that anything will reopen after lockdown is 8 March 2021, but it has long been said that schools reopening are the priority for when things ease after lockdown.

As such, it is likely there will be a longer wait for beauty salons ahead.

The earliest date for anything to reopen after lockdown is 8 March, but it is likely beauty salons will open later than this (Photo: Valery Sharifulin\\TASS via Getty) © Provided by The i The earliest date for anything to reopen after lockdown is 8 March, but it is likely beauty salons will open later than this (Photo: Valery Sharifulin\\TASS via Getty)

What do we know about the roadmap out of lockdown?

As exclusively revealed to i on 12 February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is understood to have a three-stage plan for reopening the economy from lockdown – but exactly how this will look is not yet certain.

Reopening schools is expected to be stage one, understood to be likely to take place from 8 March, a Government source told i. It may be a phased return, with primary schools among the first to return.

The effect of each stage is expected to be assessed before the next step goes ahead.

If scientific data shows that the R number remains low and coronavirus infections remain at an “acceptable level”, then the next step is likely to go ahead.

This is expected to be non-essential retail, which is likely to be allowed to reopen by the end of March.

Hospitality businesses are understood to be the final stage of reopening, not expected to begin until at least Easter weekend. This is only likely to happen if, in the week leading up to Good Friday on 2 April, there is no significant rise in the R number or infections.

The Daily Mail reported that easing of hospitality could also happen in sub-stages, meaning an even longer wait for pubs.

As such, it is not known for certain which stage beauty salons will fit into.

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