On 22 Feb, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England's roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions. As of 12 April, the personal care section, which includes beauty salons, hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, and tattoo studios, can reopen in England.
After reopening, beauty salons will follow the COVID-19 protocol set out back in July 2020, which includes increased hygiene measures, new appointment systems, and fewer customers, to name a few.
Despite the good news for the industry, there was no confirmation given on whether this 12 April date affects mobile beauty therapists, as no guidance or set dates were given on when people can visit other households indoors.
For beauty salons to open on 12 April, Johnson stressed that England's four criteria must be met before the country can move through each phase of the lockdown. These include the vaccine deployment programme continuing successfully, data showing the vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisation and deaths in people who are vaccinated, infection rates not risking a surge in hospitalisations putting an unsustainable pressure on the NHS, and the risk assessment not changing by the new variants of concern.