Update (9 July, 2020): After Boris Johnson originally announced on 23 June that tattoo parlours were not able to reopen along with hairdressers on 4 July, culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has finally given tattoo and piercing parlours some good news. As of Monday 13 July, tattoo and piercing parlous (along with beauty salons and spas) have been given the green light to reopen, provided they have the correct hygiene measures in place. During his televised speech, Dowden did note that "some restrictions" would be in place with regards to tattoo parlours and beauty salons reopening. These restrictions essentially includes any facial treatments, which means tattoos around the facial area will not yet be allowed.
As for other parts of the UK, in Scotland, hairdressers and barbers can return on 15 July and beauty salons can return on 22 July, but this doesn't yet include tattoo parlours. In Wales, beauty salons and tattoo parlours can reopen as of 27 July. Both hair and beauty salons in Northern Ireland were opened from 6 July.
Original Post (9 June 2020): The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is nowhere near over, but there are plans to begin officially reopening their economies after weeks of lockdown and stay-at-home orders. A handful of nonessential retailers and businesses operating outdoor markets and car showrooms are serving customers again.
The beauty industry is another story, though. Many services the beauty industry provides fall under the "personal care" category, which is addressed in the third phase of the government's Plan to Rebuild. This includes hair and nail salons and piercing and tattoo studios, which have been given the provisional date of 4 July to begin reopening in England — provided the government is confident that the infection rate of the coronavirus has decreased sufficiently.
Additionally, tattoo parlours, in particular, may require more time and restrictions until returning to business as normal. This is because tattooing requires more personal contact with customers for longer periods of time, which is especially true for customers receiving larger designs, some of which can take days to complete.
When the time comes that tattoo studios are able to reopen, things will look a little different postpandemic. As with other beauty services, tattoo studios will be operating with heightened health and safety regulations and with stricter policies.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be a requirement for both staff and clients, including face coverings and gloves. It is likely you'll be asked to take a number of hygiene steps upon entering the studio (including hand sanitising), and you might also be asked to visit the studio alone and on time to ensure there's enough room in the studio to maintain social-distancing rules.
Tattooing stations will be spaced two metres apart and may also be divided with protective screens. It is encouraged from beauty industry professionals that walk-in appointments are put on hold and operating on an appointment-only basis to ensure acknowledgment of parlour policies and that social distancing can be maintained.
Read this to find out more information on what one UK-based tattoo artist is doing to ensure his studio is safe when they are allowed to reopen.
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