Government officials have warned the NHBF that they will close the hair and beauty sector if they don’t follow safety guidelines.
The NHBF is launching the #DoItRight campaign to ensure hair and beauty professionals across the UK understand exactly what is required of them to keep working and reduce the risk of further restrictions or lockdowns.
The NHBF want to stress how important it is for everyone to follow the guidelines and operate in a COVID secure way to protect yourselves, your employees, clients and to protect the industry from being locked down again.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a statement to the NHBF which says all businesses are at risk of receiving formal action from local authorities if they are not following their risk assessments. Failure to comply with an enforcement notice from a local authority officer can lead to prosecution in the criminal courts and penalties including fines or up to two years’ imprisonment.
In England, the main points that people need to remember are:
- Wearing a visor – the guidelines which were updated on 14 August now say you must also wear a Type II face mask for extra protection
- Using a booking-only system and maintaining social distancing in the workplace
- Frequent washing of hands
- Using screens and 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
The rules are slightly different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but they apply to everyone working in hair and beauty: hairdressers, barbers, nail technicians, beauty therapists, eyebrow and eyelash professionals and beauty aesthetics practitioners, including mobile workers in hair and beauty.
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. 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. 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. Please do your bit to help and show you’re putting the industry first as well as protecting the safety of your teams and your clients.”
The full Safer Workplace guidelines are available to view in full at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services