Spas Will Reopen 13th July — This Is What Your Appointment Will Look Like
Update (9 July, 2020): On Thursday, culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced that as of Monday 13 July, beauty salons and spas in England are able to reopen. It was originally announced during Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech on June 23 that these services were not able to reopen with hair salons on 4 July as they are classified as a "close contact service" and would only be reopened when they can operate in a "COVID-secure way." This left thousands of beauty industry professionals disheartened and frustrated, particularly after it was announced that pubs were given the go ahead to reopen on 4 July.
It will no doubt come as a huge relief to those working in the beauty industry who have been keen to get back to work as soon as possible. However, Dowden did note that "some restrictions" would be in place with regards to beauty salons reopening, meaning any treatment on the face is not permitted. Treatments performed on the face, which are not allowed to go ahead, include (but not limited to): facials of any kind (such as chemical peels, dermaplaning, microneedling, hydrafacials, LED therapy, laser therapy, microcurrent); eyelash extensions, tints, waxing, or lifts; eyebrow waxing, tints or reshaping; threading or waxing anywhere on the face, acupuncture, and makeup application. As many of these services are offered in spas, this will no doubt affect the sector.
As for other parts of the UK, in Scotland, hairdressers and barbers can return on 15 July and beauty salons and spas can return on 22 July, with no mention of restrictions. 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.
For spas with indoor facilities such as pools and gyms, they have been given the green light to reopen as of 25 July in England. Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have not yet been given a timeframe on when indoor facilities will be able to open.
Original Post (10 June 2020):
As businesses begin to plan their reopening amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's important to start thinking about how the spread of the coronavirus is going to impact the way we seek out both everyday and luxury beauty treatments — and that includes spa treatments.
Much of the beauty industry falls 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, piercing and tattoo studios, and spas, 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.
When spas do get the green light from the government, they will be opening with restrictions in place, which will include personal protective equipment, new appointment etiquette, and reduced occupancy rules.
If you're not sure whether it's safe to visit your favourite spa for a treatment come July, or aren't sure what to expect, read on to see how one spa in the UK has prepped for reopening.