Last weekend, the beauty sector reopened in its entirety after treatments of the face were finally given the go-ahead by the government to resume on August 15, following a two week delay. A mere six days into being back to business and the industry is once again being threatened with restrictions after government officials warned the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) that they will close the hair and beauty sector if safety guidelines are not followed.
In response to this, the NHBF have launched the #DoItRight campaign to ensure that beauty professionals across the UK understand what is required of them to keep working and reduce the risk of further restrictions or another lockdown on the sector.
The warning comes as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a statement to the NHBF clarifying that all businesses are at risk of receiving formal action from local authorities if they are not keeping on top of their risk assessments. This follows ongoing evidence of professionals not wearing the correct PPE, not adhering to social distancing, and still operating walk-in services, which can lead to prosecution in the criminal courts and penalties including fines or up to two years’ imprisonment.
Hilary Hall, chief executive of the NHBF says: “We have worked hard to ensure hair and beauty salons, barbershops and individual professionals can get back to work but because some are failing to follow the guidelines, they are putting the whole industry at risk."
The new campaign serves as a reminder of the rules that are in place to maintain the safety of staff and clients in the sector. These rules fortify the following:
- Therapists must wear visors and a Type II face mask for extra protection
- Use of a booking-only system and maintaining social distancing in the workplace
- Frequent washing of hands
- Using screens, back to back/side to side working
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and tools, especially after each client
- Contacting clients before appointments to check if clients have COVID symptoms, in which case they must cancel
- Displaying the COVID-19 Secure notice in a prominent place
"We’ve launched our #DoItRight campaign to help hair and beauty businesses across the UK understand the guidelines that apply in their part of the country," continues Hall. "The last thing any of us want is to face further restrictions, further lockdowns or a second spike in coronavirus infections. The impact on our industry would be devastating."