England: Guidance and Support
Boris Johnson has confirmed that restrictions in England will be lifted on July 19th.
The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, published guidance will advise that wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come in contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
Social distancing rules (2 metres or 1 metre with additional mitigations) will be lifted. You should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated. Social distancing will only be required in limited circumstances such as in hospital and before passport control.
‘Working Safely’ guidance has been published with examples of sensible precautions that employers can take to reduce risk in their workplaces.
As the responsibility is being placed onto businesses, then it is important that you update your risk assessments as to how you will be dealing with masks, social distancing, and restrictions in your salon.
Employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.
From the 16th August, all individuals who have been fully vaccinated will no longer need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of a positive Covid case.
If a staff member gets their second dose of the vaccine just before or after the 16th August, they will have to wait for two weeks to build up the maximum protection before they can enjoy this new freedom.
If you have been fully vaccinated and are contacted by Track & Trace, then you will be required to take a PCR test as soon as possible. If you test positive then you will need to self-isolate.
Anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact of a positive Covid case will not need to self-isolate. Instead, they will be given advice as to whether they should get tested or isolate dependent on their age.
£3,000 will be given to businesses for each new apprentice hired between the 1st April to 30th September 2021.
Close Contact Services Guidance
Full details on the guidance that salons and freelancers must consider can be found here.
COVID-19 related screening questions to be asked of clients ahead of their appointment, including:
- Have you had the recent onset of a new continuous cough?
- Do you have a high temperature?
- Have you noticed a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell?
If the client has any of these symptoms, however mild, they should stay at home and reschedule their appointment.
Client Information Collection and NHS App
It is mandatory for all salons in England to collect client information when attending their appointment. The information you will need to collect is the client's name, contact details, date of appointment, and time of arrival and departure. As almost all salons use a booking system or diary, this should be sufficient for you to continue taking your client details with. If you do not use such a system, then you will need to start collecting your clients details for track and trace.
In addition to this law is the NHS COVID-19 app. It is mandatory for all salons to display their unique QR code in the salon ready for clients to scan should they be using the app. You can download your QR code here.