Advice for Guild Members on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
Last Updated 14th July 2020
The UK Government has updated the safe working guidelines for close contact services which is available on the UK.GOV website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services.
No treatments are to be provided on the face until government advice changes. Examples of such services would include the following, though this list is not exhaustive:
- face waxing, sugaring or threading services
- facial treatments
- advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
- eyelash treatments
- make-up application
- electrolysis on the face
- eyebrow treatments
- intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards
- advanced beauty therapy and aesthetic treatments (this does not apply to medical settings)
To help you decide which actions to take, you must carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers. The Beauty Guild COVID-19 Safe Working Guide shows you the steps required and include sample risk assessment templates.
The following re-opening dates have been announced. The provision of all services are subject to the Government’s safe working guidelines.
From Monday 13th July, beauty therapists nail technicians, holistic therapists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services can reopen. Hairdressers and barbers are already open.
Hairdressers and barbers can reopen from Wednesday 15th July. Beauty therapists and nail salons can return to work from Wednesday 22nd July subject to following the UK Government guidelines. See https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-retail-sector-guidance/pages/close-contact-services/. Key points of divergence between the Scottish Government and the UK Government advice are that face coverings are mandatory for clients and for staff under the conditions listed in the face coverings section of the workforce planning guidance.
The Scottish Government has not yet provided guidance for when holistic therapists and massage therapists can return to work and what guidelines they will need to follow.
Hairdressers and Barbers can re-open on 13th July. Beauty Salons in Wales can re-open from 27th July 2020 with “some limitations” on services, calling some procedures “particularly risky”.
Hair, beauty, nails and holistic therapists are all open.
Beauty Guild COVID-19 Safe Working Guide
We have prepared a five step process to allow you get back to work safely in accordance with the Government guidelines. See our page COVID-19 Safe Working Guide
COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Course
How can you make sure your salon is safe to re-open after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown? The course takes you through a checklist of the things you need to consider and the possible changes you will need to implement prior to re-opening to the public. This course is free for Guild member. Click Here to see details.
Back to work insurance and membership offer
We know how hard the COVID-19 pandemic has been for beauty and hair professionals. That’s why we are offering you our best ever package of membership, insurance and training services to help you get back to work as safely and as quickly as possible. See COVID-19 Back To Work Offer.
We have written an open letter to Boris Johnson asking for a relaxation of some of the treatments that are forbidden under the current Government guidelines. To see this letter click here and to check our online campaigning visit our Instagram page @beautyguildofficial
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Does Guild Membership and Insurance Cover Me For Business Interruption?
No. The Guild insurance does not include cover business interruption. However, the Government has announced unprecedented financial support for businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic.
Can I Freeze My Guild Membership And Insurance?
Unfortunately not. Guild insurance which is included in the Full Guild membership package is for a fixed term which means it cannot be frozen or extended. Your insurance will continue to run and provide protection against claims which may still arise even if your business is closed during this crisis. Many members also have cover for stock and equipment which will still be required even if the business is temporarily closed.
My Guild Membership and Insurance Is Due For Renewal. What Should I Do?
We recommend that you renew your Guild Membership and Insurance if and when it becomes due during this crisis. This will maintain your continuous cover and ensures that there is no break in the cover. Guild membership provides many additional services including free CPD and free access to some Guild Training International courses. You will also have access to Guild Gazette magazine which we will continue to publish in its digital format. Maintaining your Guild Membership and Insurance cover will continue to provide protection and will mean that you can start working again without delay once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
Where can I get advice on what financial support is available?
There is financial support available from the Government depending on your business status and financial records. Always refer to official government websites for the up to date information. See https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support
How Do I Contact The Guild During This Crisis?
The Guild is still open for business during the coronavirus crisis. Most of our services can be accessed through the Beautyguild.com website. This includes renewing your membership and enrolling on GTi courses. Our Staff are working remotely where possible and will respond to any emails sent to the main address which is email@example.com. If you have an insurance claim, or need to contact the Guild regarding your membership or GTi courses, please use this address. We will endeavour to answer your questions as quickly as possible.