When can sunbed shops open in the UK? – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS forced most businesses to shut their doors in March – but now the beauty industry has been added to a list of non-essential services allowed to reopen in England.

Hairdressers opened on July 4 as part of the government's phased Covid-19 recovery strategy, and now beauty fans can get more pamper treatments.

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When will sunbed shops reopen?

Following the reopening of pubs and restaurants, more non-essential businesses – such as gyms, swimming pools, tattoo parlours, nail bars and piercing studios – will reopen this month.

This includes tanning salons and sunbed shops, which will reopen their doors to customers again from July 13 onwards.

During a Downing Street briefing on July 9, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said gyms and indoor swimming pools will also reopen on July 25.

He said: "Having allowed hairdressers to reopen, beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services can now do the same I’m pleased to say from Monday (July 13).

"Of course that will be subject to some restrictions on particularly high risk services."

How will social distancing at sunbed shops work?

There will be new measures once tanning shops reopen, in line with government regulations on social distancing, with the two-metre rule cut down to "one metre plus" on June 23.

Salons and sunbed shops will have to meet certain requirements in order to welcome back customers, including limiting the number of people using the facility at any one time.

It’s very likely that you will have to wait longer until you get appointment once tanning shops reopen.

They may require additional time to clean after each customer and allow a certain number of people to enter their shops at once.

What safety guidelines must tanning shops follow?

Businesses within beauty industry will adhere to strict safety measures – or risk being closed down if they do not comply

Screens and barriers should be in place to separate clients from each other.

Skin to skin contact should be avoided and gloves should be worn.

Government guidance says customers shouldn't eat or drink while visiting a salon.

Visitors can also expect spaced out equipment or taking some out of service to maintain social distancing.

Enhanced cleaning and providing hand sanitiser will be introduced, while floor markers and queuing systems could also be brought in.

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