The new rules for hairdressers and beauty salons when they reopen on April 12 

Hair and beauty salons are set to reopen on April 12. On Monday, the first stages of easing lockdown restrictions came into play with the lifting of the “stay at home” rule, meaning people are no longer legally required to remain in their homes unless taking part in a valid exception.

The “stay local” messaging has also been dropped, meaning households are no longer explicitly told to remain in their local area. 

On February 22, the Prime Minister announced his eagerly anticipated “roadmap” to steadily easing lockdown restrictions, allowing people in England to “reclaim their freedoms”.  

The lifting of restrictions is being spread over at least four months, broadly falling into reopenings in April, May and June, but began in early March with children returning to school from March 8. 

Hairdressers and beauty salons, which fall under personal care services, are expected to reopen on April 12, alongside non-essential shops and outdoor dining which are said to resume business under stage two of the roadmap.

There are four different ‘stages’ of the reopening roadmap and to progress through them four data ‘tests’ must be met, showing that vaccines are effective and hospitals are protected.

The chief executive of the British Beauty Council Millie Kendall tells the Telegraph: “I am relieved with the news that hair and beauty services can resume from April 12, and that the reopening will not be delayed into May.”

Hairdressers and barbers were able to reopen in Wales from March 15, as the country altered its lockdown rules in line with a reduction in cases and the success of the vaccine rollout. 

What are the hairdressing rules?

Hairdressing salons in England have been closed since January 5, in the third national lockdown, despite having initially been able to operate in a Covid-secure manner in Tiers 1-3 after the second lockdown. 

Can mobile hairdressers still work?

With the introduction of a third national lockdown, all hairdressers, even mobile services, have had to halt business. They will be allowed to resume work on Apr 12.

What happens if I had an appointment booked during lockdown?

If you had an appointment booked which falls into the lockdown period, it will have been cancelled and rescheduled. However, you could continue to support your local hairdressers and beauty salons by booking treatments now, ahead of restrictions lifting on April 12.  

What financial support will hairdressers get?

For businesses that can apply for furlough, the scheme is being extended to this Spring with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. In addition, business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Also, £1.1bn is being given to Local Authorities, distributed on the basis of £20 per head, for one-off payments to enable them to support businesses more broadly. 

In comparison to the first lockdown which hit the beauty industry hard, Millie Kendall MBE, Chief Executive of the British Beauty Council notes, “We at least have a taskforce in place, and direct connection with government as well as constant communications”. She adds, “We didn’t have that back in March last year.”

Unlike other sectors within hospitality and retail, the personal care sector has not received any specific funding outside of that given to non-essential retail businesses. 

“We are facing a crisis that will impact larger businesses as well as the self employed. We have lost 10 per cent of our salons and over 60 per cent of our businesses don’t think they will make it past April 2021.  We need to make sure businesses have enough support to open their doors on April 12.”  

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