Are nail salons open in Tier 3?

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Nail salons have been shut for much of 2020 with experts claiming they pose a risk to the spread of coronavirus given the close proximity of personal care services. In England, the second coronavirus lockdown came to an end this week and the tougher tier restriction system came into force from 12.01am on December 2. But are nail salons open in Tier 3?

MPs this week supported the Government’s proposed tougher tier restriction system.

More than 55 million people in England will be placed in the two highest tiers under the new rules and on Tuesday these restrictions were debated at the House of Commons.

The motion passed with 291 MPs in support, with just 78 opposing the motion.

This means from December 2, 42 percent of the English population were placed in Tier 3 areas.

What are the rules for Tier 3?

Tier 3 areas are those of very high risk and the following rules are put in force:

  • No household mixing is permitted indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens.
  • The rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces like parks.
  • Pubs or restaurants closed except for delivery and takeaway.
  • Indoor entertainment venues will be closed.
  • Guidance against travelling in and out of the area.
  • Personal care including hairdressing is permitted.

Which areas are now in Tier 3?

Tier 3 areas now include:

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

North East

  • North East Combined Authority: County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland
  • North of Tyne Combined Authority: Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees

North West

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire

South East

  • Kent and Medway
  • Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)

South West

  • Bristol
  • North Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull/Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire.

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Are nail salons open in Tier 3?

Under the Government guidance for Tier 3 rules, personal care and close contact services can open.

Nail salons were forced to close in England during the second lockdown from November 5 to midnight on December 2.

The guidance reads: “Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, saunas, steam rooms, massage parlours and tanning salons can remain open.”

Mobile nail technicians are also able to resume services.

Under Tier 3 rules, households are not permitted to mix indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens.

However, this does not apply to registered businesses entering home at the current moment.

Mobile beauty businesses can continue to work as long as they adhere to Government guidelines on working in the close contact industry.

What guidance is in place to keep nail salons Covid-secure?

The Government has published specific guidance about how to keep nail salons Covid-secure and prevent the spread of the virus including:

  • Wearing appropriate PPE equipment
  • Carrying a QR code
  • Using screens or barriers to separate customers
  • Operating an appointments-only booking system
  • Keeping activity time involved to a minimum
  • Increasing the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning
  • Avoiding skin-to-skin contact and wearing gloves where it is not crucial to the service
  • Not permitting food or drink to be consumed on the premises
  • Making sure a limited and fixed number of workers work together.

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