From Monday 13 July, beauty salons in England have been permitted to reopen, along with tattoo parlours, tanning shops, and nail bars. While this is welcome news for the estimated 41,000 salons across the country, they still face regulations on what they are able to offer customers; including an all-out ban on most treatments involving the face.
Salons have been told that treatments involving the face are still too dangerous due to the increased risk of spreading Covid-19 between workers and customers. This is because splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth could be easily transmitted from one person to another. Although workers understand the science, they have criticised the details of the plan as “sexist” because the list of permissible treatments deem a beard trim safe, but eyebrow threading unsafe, when both require close proximity.
The discrepancy has sparked outrage in the beauty industry.