Guidelines for reopening close-contact businesses following COVID-19 in England
By Jessie Caldwell
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on 23 June 2020 that a number of UK businesses will be allowed to re-open from 4th July. Among these businesses are pubs, restaurants, and some close-contact services like hairdressers. Leisure facilities like outdoor gyms, parks, cinemas, libraries and places of worship will also be allowed to open from this date.
Close-contact services include:
Beauty and nail bars
Tattoo and spray tanning studios
Sports and massage therapy
Well being and holistic locations
All of the above are permitted to be open from 4 July 2020 (some from 15 June) except beauty and nail bars, makeup, tattoo and spray tanning studios, spas, sports and massage therapy and well being and holistic locations. Those who are not yet permitted to open will follow similar guidance when they are permitted to reopen.
While these changes are welcomed by many who have been required to close their businesses because of COVID-19, there is also uncertainty as to how to operate safely in order to ensure that there is no return of a 'second wave'. Below you will find a summary of both general and industry-specific guidelines, current as of 24 June 2020. For further information, please consult gov.uk.
5 steps to working safely
These guidelines should be followed by ALL industries as applicable: