APPG demands clear salon and spa reopening instructions from Government post coronavirus

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing has issued a "Call to Action" to the Government calling for clear instructions for reopening post coronavirus lockdown.

The APPG, which comprises MPs including Carolyn Harris and Judith Cummins, along with industry figures including Lesley Blair, chair of Babtac; Caroline Larissey, a director at the NHBF and Helena Greszk, general manager of the UK Spa Association, is calling on the Government to do five things:

  1. Provide clear instructions and advance warning on when beauty and wellness business can reopen and what treatments they can offer, including for services within hospitality businesses such as hotels, and what grades of PPE must be used.
  1. Ensure industry access to affordable PPE, being crucial to protect staff and customers.
  1. Provide clarification on the future of the Job Retention Scheme and how the Government will continue to support both small and large businesses in the industry as restrictions are eased. 
  1. Crack down on the emergence of the black market of rogue operators continuing to sell services behind closed doors risking public health, and how to report non-compliance.
  1. Better protect against risks of modern slavery as businesses reopen.

APPG co-chairs Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP said: “The industry has expressed loud and clear the urgent need for clarity on when businesses can reopen and for consistent rules on PPE use. Without this, the longterm repercussions of the pandemic could leave many businesses with no choice but to close their doors for good.

“This is necessary to ensure the survival of an industry in crisis which contributes £6.6bn to the UK’s economy. Beauty salons are the beating heart of our high streets up and down the country and play a crucial role in supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of local communities."

The call to action followed an online meeting of the APPG, which can be viewed here.

Find out more about the support available via our coronavirus (covid-19) support guide for beauty salons, clinics, spas and self-employed therapists.