WITH close, hands-on contact, nail and beauty salons have remained closed during the coronavirus pandemic, in order to slow its spread.
Many people have been left patiently waiting for these stores to open – here is what we know as lockdown gradually eases.
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When will nail and beauty salons reopen?
It is currently uncertain when exactly beauty salons will be reopening and there is not a confirmed date.
Last month, guidelines given by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the hospitality sector – including hairdressers – would not return to work before July 4.
This would include beauty salons, which of course involve people being in close contact with one another.
Beauty salons across the country have been closed since lockdown began on March 23.
Mr Raab said that close proximity in the hospitality sector is "something where we don't think we're ready yet, given where we are with the virus".
There has been more clarity on beauty parlours being reopened in Ireland, which has given July 20 as an official date for the beauty industry to open its doors again.
Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the roadmap for unlocking restrictions on Friday, May 1, 2020.
Nail salons were among the first to close when the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 23, 2020.
As nail salons are also classed as hospitality, they too were hoped to open at the beginning of July.
Because there isn't yet a confirmed date for the reopening of close-contact services, it is uncertain when nail salons will be back in business.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) released a statement saying it backed Mr Raab's plans.
It said: "Dominic Raab has said that hospitality and ‘personal care services’ such as hair and beauty salons and barbershops in England will not be able to reopen until 4th July at the earliest.
"It is our view that this is the right course of action, as the safety of the people in our industry is paramount."
The NHBF added that there were still concerns within the industry and a meeting with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy would provide more clarity.
How will social distancing work?
Once nail and beauty salons can reopen, it is still unclear what social distancing practices will need to be enforced.
Social distancing measures have been implemented within salons across the rest of the world, and in many cases people are being asked to wear face masks. Other beauty services have reopened with enhanced health and hygiene practices.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has written an open letter to the Secretary of State for Business Alok Sharma, calling for clarification from the Government on how guidelines will impact on this sector.
The NHBF is also asking for clarification on what the social distancing and PPE requirements will be when salons are allowed to reopen.
What should I do if I have vouchers?
Despite being closed since the lockdown, more than £1MILLION worth of gift vouchers were sold during the month of April.
These vouchers were purchased online, directly on salons’ websites or via social media platforms.
If you're one of these people, sit tight, and your vouchers will be able to be redeemed for use once the beauty industry is back open for business.
What should I do if I am a beautician or nail technician?
The government has pledged support to self-employed people in the United Kingdom as well as full-time workers.
HMRC is contacting taxpayers eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), with the claims service opening on Wednesday, May 13.
The Sun has documented a guide on what support self-employed people can do to get financial help during the pandemic, which you read more about here.
If you are a beauty worker or nail technician who is employed then you employer can pay you through the Government's furlough scheme.
You can read our guide on what the emergency measures mean for you.
Others who see themselves as creative can conjure up new ways to supply the demand to their customers while at home, one nail technician did just that by doing, "through the letterbox" manicures, if you're looking for some inspiration.
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What at home beauty treatments can I do?
If you are in dire need of some of your regular beauty treatments, you don't have to wait until the lockdown is lifted to feel and look good again.
There are loads of treatments that you can do yourself, with equipment you probably already sitting in your cupboards.
Our DIY guide here gives great advice on dealing with such things as dealing with your bikini line, dying hair and tidying up your brows.
Plus we show you how to get a salon-worthy manicure.
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