Close contact services reopened in England from 15 August
Close contact services that includes hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers were able to reopen in England from 15 August 2020.
All services, including those in the highest risk zone, can resume from 15 August 2020. The high-risk zone is considered the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present. This includes treatments like eyebrow threading and make-up application.• To offer these services an update on wearing PPE has been provided. The person providing a close contact service (such as hairdressers or beauticians), working in close proximity to a person’s face, mouth and nose, should wear a clear visor and a Type II Face Mask. Type II face masks are medical face masks made up of a protective 3-ply construction.
• From 8 August, face coverings were made mandatory for customers visiting nail, beauty, and hair salons; barbers; massage parlours; tattoo and piercing parlours. Face coverings should not be removed unless essential for a particular treatment – for example, on the face area covered by the mask.
Further information on the guidance for keeping workers and clients safe can be accessed here.
Performances allowed indoors and outdoors (with a limited socially distanced audience indoors)
Stage Four of the five step roadmap permits performances indoors and outdoors (but with a limited socially-distanced audience indoors). Socially distanced indoor and outdoor performances can take place in line with this guidance, though we encourage organisations to continue to work outdoors wherever possible. In addition, musicians, dancers and actors, and the technical and operational teams that support performing arts production, can resume training, rehearsals and recorded performances where organisations wish and are able to. See the updated guidance for further information.
Dance studios can also reopen and should follow guidance for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.
Additional businesses and venues were permitted to reopen on 15 August in England
The following businesses can reopen and activities can resume provided they follow the Covid-19 Secure guidelines:
• Skating rinks
• Bowling alleys
• Conference and exhibition centres, for the purpose of government backed pilots, or to host business groups of up to 30 in accessible meeting facilities or to plan future events
• Indoor play areas, including soft play areas
• Dance studios.
Face coverings are required in casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, exhibition halls and conference centres. Further details are available here.
Find the government information on the reopening here.
Marriages and civil ceremonies
Venues that host marriages and civil ceremonies in England can now have up to 30 people attend a marriage or civil partnership, where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue. This maximum number includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, witnesses, officiants and guests. It also includes any third-party suppliers, such as photographers or security, but does not include staff employed by the venue or any third party catering staff. All parties should adhere to social distancing guidelines. Two metres or one metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable), are acceptable. Find out more here.
Prime Minister also announced stronger enforcement measures as easements resume
The Government has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions, you can access the press release here.