Check out the latest information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following the governments recent announcement that close-contact services can begin to reopen from 4th July 2020, guidance has been issued to close-contact services on how to open workplaces safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Close contact services include hairdressing, barber shops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, tattoo and spray tanning studios, spas, sports and massage therapy, wellbeing and holistic locations, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
This guidance is also designed for those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes, those in retail environments and the arts, as well as those studying hair and beauty in vocational training environments.
The document gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in the premises. Each business will need to translate this into specific actions that need to be taken, dependent on the nature of their business, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated. Businesses will also need to monitor these measures to make sure they continue to protect customers and workers.
This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that as a business or an employer you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. It contains non-statutory guidance to take into account when complying with these existing obligations. When considering how to apply this guidance, take into account agency workers, contractors and other people, as well as your employees.
Where a premises delivers a mix of services, only those services that are permitted to be open should be available. For example, a hairdresser should ensure that beauty or nail treatments are not offered.
To help you decide which actions to take, you must carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers.