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Boris Johnson MP
10 Downing Street
1st August 2020
Open Letter – Allow Beauty Salons To Reopen Fully
I am writing to you on the day when beauty salons in England were expecting to welcome back their clients by recommencing popular treatments on the face. Sadly, following your announcement at 12 noon yesterday, they remain restricted to offering a range of services so limited that most salons simply can’t survive. With less than 24 hours’ notice, clients who had treatments booked have had to be cancelled. Loyal and hardworking staff have had to be re-furloughed, or worse, made redundant. Many businesses are facing the real prospect of having to close their doors forever. The industry has now reached breaking point.
We understand the need to control the spread of COVID-19 and to “follow the science” which has been the Government’s mantra throughout this pandemic. In an industry where hygiene and sanitation are exemplary, all beauty therapists understand the need for infection prevention and control. The training and restructuring that salon owners have undertaken to prepare to reopen safely has been second to none. The beauty industry has indeed “followed the science” which is why the glaring inconsistency of allowing pubs to reopen whilst beauty salons have to remain shut is simply ludicrous.
As a Director of the Beauty Guild, the UK’s largest trade body representing over 16,000 beauty professionals, I urge the Government to “follow the science” and allow beauty salons to resume their full range of services as soon as possible under the safe working guidelines.
Paul Archer BSc, MBA, CEng
Director of the Beauty Guild