Post Covid Beauty-19
What beauty and personal care treatments can I access?
The business of beauty and personal care was given the green light to resume business from Monday 13 July.
The government explained that “updated Covid-19 secure guidance sets out the measures that those providing close contact services should follow to protect staff and customers”.
However, as the guidelines currently stand, some services in the personal care and beauty industry have been restricted, this includes not offering services in “the highest risk zone”, in front of the face, meaning that you are not yet able to have treatments such as facials, eyebrow services and eyelash treatments.
A list of treatments that will not be allowed has been provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
- Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
- Facial treatments
- Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
- Eyelash treatments
- Make-up application
- Electrolysis on the face
- Eyebrow treatments
In a nutshell, any treatments on the face have been excluded until the 1st of August 2020, and that also includes Aesthetic treatments unless performed for medical reasons by a regulated healthcare professional for medical reasons only, we will guide you more on Aesthetic treatments further down in our guide.
Beard services have been limited to simple beard trims, thinning or removing bulk or length which can be done using either clippers or scissors. This could be carried out from the side or by circling the client avoiding the high-risk zone. Intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards that involves prolonged periods near the high-risk zone should not be carried out.
What beauty treatments can I access during Covid-19 Pandemic?
At the moment, (until the 1st of August 2020) you can access any treatment to the hands and the body including
- Leg waxing
- Bikini waxing
Do I need to wear a mask?
Government guidance added that when a distance of two metres cannot be observed between practitioners and customers, the person who is carrying out the beauty treatment “should wear further protection in addition to any that they may usually wear”.
Gyms and Spa’s
Can I use the changing rooms at the gym when they reopen?
As Gyms prepare to reopen on July 25th, Government guidance published ahead of the reopening states that venues “should encourage attendees to arrive at the facility in sports kit and where possible to travel home to change/shower”.
“Use of changing rooms and showering facilities should in general be avoided where possible although these must be available for participants with disabilities or special needs and are likely to be needed after swimming,” it adds.
Will I have to wear a face mask when I work out?
When announcing the reopening of gyms from 25 July, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said gym-goers would not need to wear face coverings.
“We have not taken a decision to require the wearing of face masks in respect of gyms,” he said.
He stressed a “whole series of mitigating measures” would be in place in gyms.
Please check with your own Gym regarding any updates on this before you attend.
Prepare and Stay Safe
Many businesses, including beauty, grooming and personal care will be adhering to social distancing those measures, which as a result may limit the number of clients allowed inside the premises at one time, or prevent clients turning up for walk-in appointments, so be sure to book ahead to guarantee an appointment.
Prior to arriving at the your appointment and once you’re inside (if possible), wash your hands, Don’t forget the 20-second washing rule for properly clean hands, sanitise your hands as often as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Don’t venture out if you’re feeling unwell, have been ill recently, or have been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19, Cancel your appointment. If you have paid a deposit explain why you are cancelling, so that if there is a possibility you can transfer your deposit to a later date if you are feeling better.
Remember social distancing still applies, so that means avoid hugging, shaking hands or any physical contact that’s not necessary inside the salon, spa, gym, or clinic.
Many premises will not be providing refreshments so we would suggest taking a drink with you to your appointment (like a bottle of water or a coffee from somewhere nearby).
To stop the spread of bacteria or germs, try asking if you can pay for your treatment or service in advance (when booking). Please bear in mind many business activities now ask for contactless payment so don’t forget your credit or debit cards.
If you’ve been advised to wear a mask then please do so. You may notice more business owners and service providers wearing masks more frequently for their own protection and yours.
Beauty business and personal care business owners may decide to leave their entrance doors open to avoid clients touching the handle (and spreading bacteria to other areas). If it’s open when you arrive, just ask a team member if they’d like to keep it open. If you do touch a door handle on your way in or our remember to wash your hands for at least twenty seconds.
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