Scotland is easing lockdown restrictions as part of its route map, and is now in phase 3.
But when are beauty salons now able to open their doors to the public? Here’s what you need to know.
During which phase of lockdown will beauty salons reopen?
Those who are eagerly anticipating being able to get their nails and other beauty treatments done don’t have to wait any longer.
Beauticians and nail salons are able to reopen their doors from Wednesday 22 July.
What’s the situation in England?
Beauty salons opened in England on 13 July, but some beauty treatments are still not allowed. However, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Friday 17 July, all beauty services will now be able to resume from 1 August.
Although beauty salons are now able to reopen and services such as nail treatments and waxes can resume, no treatments on the face are currently permitted, as this is considered a ‘high-risk zone’.
Treatments in the ‘high-risk zone’ are those carried out directly in front of the client’s face, which put people at higher risk of spreading COVID-19.
These include face waxing and threading, facials, eyelash and eyebrow treatments and microblading.
However, from 1 August the government will, "Enable all close contact services to resume, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application, working closely with the sector and public health experts to ensure this can be done as safely as possible and in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines."
The Scottish government has published guidance for businesses operating close contact services, which includes beauty and nail bars.
The guidance explains that the ‘high risk zone’ is defined as “the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard”.
The guidelines add: “If treatments in the high risk zone cannot be carried out without the ability to be provided from the side of the face or behind the head and therefore require prolonged periods in the highest risk zone then they should not be offered in this phase of the Scottish Government’s Route Map.”