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The Government initially told beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers they could start offering close-contact on August 1. However, due to an increase in cases in England the decision was made to postpone this change. Express.co.uk breaks down the new lockdown rules.

When can I have my eyebrows waxed?

Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England have finally been given the green light to offer all close-contact services this weekend.

Brits who have been complaining about their eyebrows during the entire lockdown have finally been granted their wish.

Hilary Hall, chief executive of the National Hair and Beauty Federation said: “This is fantastic news for thousands of people in the beauty industry who have, up until now, been unsure about the future of their businesses.

“We have been working tirelessly with other industry organisations to get to this point, which has been hugely delayed compared to other sectors.”

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There was uproar from the beauty community and Brits in general when it was announced in July that beard trimming was allowed, but eyebrow waxing wasn’t.

On July 13 body massages and manicures were resumed, leaving salons who only offer specialist close-contact services stuck in the dark.

However, from this weekend salons will be able to offer all close “services and treatments”.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma highlighted the impact these rules had on these salons.

He said last night: “I am pleased to give these often small, independent businesses a much-needed boost as we progress with our plan to kickstart the economy to protect jobs and incomes.

“Opening up the economy is conditional on our continued success at controlling the spread of coronavirus. Therefore it remains essential businesses comply with COVID-19 secure measures to protect workers and the public.”

When can I have my eyebrows waxed?

Beauty salons and other establishments can offer close contact services such as eyebrow grooming from August 15.

This means all front-of-the-face treatments are allowed from tomorrow.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said last night: “From Saturday, salons, spas and other close contact services across England will once again be able to offer all services in a way that is safe for workers and clients.”

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have since updated their ‘Safer workplaces’ guidelines to include this announcement.

As expected, these rules don’t apply to businesses located in areas in local lockdown.

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In hairdressers, staff are currently required to wear visors but not face masks.

Now, salon staff are being urged to wear surgical grade face masks underneath their visors.

The Government is advising these measures to “help protect the customer and staff from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.”

The type of medical face mask needed has also been specified.

Beauty professionals are required to wear a Type IIR surgical mask and a visor whilst working from Saturday August 15.

Medical face masks are classified into two types: Type I and Type 2.

What differentiates between the two is their Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE).

The BFE determines how much infective agent is retained by the face mask and therefore directly relates to the amount of bacteria released through the mask and into the environment.

A Type II medical face mask comes in two forms depending on their Splash Resistance Pressure.

This is the mask’s resistance level to potentially contaminated fluid splashes.

A Type IIR mask is what is required in clinical settings since these masks are splash resistant.

They protect the wearer against splashes of blood or bodily fluids.

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