[Updated] Beauty businesses: everything you need to know about Covid-19 local lockdowns

With many parts of the UK in partial lockdown in a bid to stop a second wave of coronavirus, we give you the lowdown on what these localised lockdowns mean for beauty businesses operating in those areas. 

Note: this page will be updated regularly as further news about these lockdowns break. 

What’s happening in Wales?

Three more areas in Wales will come under Covid-19 restrictions as of September 28, meaning two-thirds of Wales' population will be affected by a local lockdown. 

Rules will come into force in Neath Port Talbort, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan, while the country's two biggest cities – Cardiff and Swansea – already had restrictions applied on the evening of September 27. 

These tighter restrictions are the same as those in force in Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly. These rules include being unable to enter or leave lockdown areas except for a limited number of exemptions, you can only meet people outside, pubs must close at 11pm and everyone aged 11 or over must wear a face covering when in a public indoor space. 

Caerphilly was the first place in Wales to come under a local lockdown, after a rapid rise in infections. From September 8, no one in the area has been allowed to enter or leave the county borough, which includes Caerphilly town, Ystrad Mynach, Blackwood, Newbridge and Risca, without good reason (eg. for work, if you're unable to work from home, or making a compassionate visit to a loved one or to give care). 

People can only meet outdoors and meetings indoors are not permitted, however, beauty salons and hairdressers will be able to operate, but face coverings must continue to be worn.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the position in the "North of Wales continues to be mixed". A meeting with the leaders of all six councils in the area will take place in the next week.

"If we need to take action, we will, but the position isn't as clear there yet as it has been in the South and I want to make sure that we look at it with the detail it deserves," he added.

Read the full list of restrictions in Wales.

What's happening in England?

In a television broadcast on September 22, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a tighter set of restrictions which will come into force across the whole of England and warned that these new rules could last for up to six months. 

The new rules include people being told to work from home if they can, the number of people allowed at weddings halved from 30 to 15, and pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues having to close by 10pm every night, plus having to be table service only. 

The rules on face coverings has also been expanded, with it now compulsory for bar staff, shop workers, waiters and non-seated customers to wear them, and the plans to allow fans to return to sporting events has been paused. The fine for not wearing a face covering or following these new Covid-19 rules has increased to £200 for the first offence. Refusing to self-isolate when told to is now illegal as of September 28, with fines of up to £10,000 for those who fail to comply. 

Important to note is that further steps will be taken against those businesses who do not follow the guidelines, which will now become legally enforceable. If a business is not following these new rules, then fines will be imposed and those flouting the rules could be forced to shut down. 

Johnson said in the broadcast that he was "reluctant" to infringe on people's freedoms, "but unless we take action, the risk is that we will have to go for tougher measures later, when the deaths have already mounted".

Read the full list of restrictions happening in England

What's happening in Scotland?

First Minister Nichola Sturgeon has announced new restrictions for Scotland. These tougher restictions include no longer being able to visit other households in their homes or meet other people in your own house, and Sturgeon said this was because a high proportion of new cases have come from interaction with other households within the home. 

There are some exemptions to this rule – i.e. for those who have formed extended households, to support informal childcare arrangements (such as grandparents coming round to care for grandchildren) and for couples who don't live together. This measure was already in place in Glasgow and some neighbouring areas. 

There is also an exception allowing tradespeople to enter the home to carry out work, however, mobile beauty services remain prohbitied. 

Students who are struggling at university accomodation following a spate of Covid-19 outbreaks have been told they can return home, but education minister Richard Lochhead said he doesn't expect a "mass exodus" after the updated guidance was published. 

A curfew is also being imposed on pubs and restaurants, who will now have to close at 10pm every night, and a package of support for people asked to self-isolate, including £500 for those on low incomes, was announced, with more details to follow. 

Sturgeon said: "One of the reasons we have decided to do this is that our early data suggests this restriction is starting to slow the increase of cases in the West of Scotland.

"So, if we extend it nationwide now, in an early and preventative way, we hope it will help to bring the R number down and the virus back under control."

Read the full list of restrictions happening in Scotland

What's happening in Northern Ireland?

First minister Arlene Foster has announced that tougher Covid-19 restrictions are being extended to the whole of Northern Ireland as of 6pm on September 22. 

Different households are not allowed to mix indoors (expect for single-person household bubbles and certain other exemptions) and no more than six people from two households can meet in private gardens. 

Foster said: “These are limited restrictions which I hope by taking action at this early stage means we can prevent the need for more draconian measures.”

In the past seven days, more than 1,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland. 

Read the full list of restrictions in Northern Ireland

What's happening in North East England?

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced new temporary restrictions in North East England due to "concerning rates of infection" and this affects areas such as Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and the Country Durham council area. 

Sunderland currently has an infection rate of 103 cases per 100,000 people, while in South Tyneside and Gateshead the latest published rates were 93.4 and 83.6 respectively.

The new measures include not meeting people outside your household or support bubble in homes or gardens (with some exemptions), only using public transport for essential purposes such as going to school or work; and pubs, restaurants and cafes to be table service only and all leisure venues closing at 10pm each night.

Read the full list of restrictions in North East Engalnd

What's happening in Bolton?

Close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application, have now been allowed to resume, following a period of restrictions.

Takeaways have also been allowed to begin delivering later than 10pm. However, the town is still under strict lockdown rules, with residents forbidden from meeting members of another household, whether in a home, garden or public place.

Residents have been asked to only use public transport for essential purposes, which means travel to education, work and essential matters such as hospital appointments. This could have an impact on the high street footfall, which could mean less people coming to your business if you have a salon or spa in the area.

Read the full list of restrictions in Bolton.

What’s happening in North England?

Affected areas include Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, where the relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus as cases continue to rise. These rules include not hosting people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they are in your support bubble, with the police taking action against those who break the rules.

However, close contact services, such as facials, make-up application and lash and brow treatments, have been able to resume, which is good news for beauty salons and spas. 

Its is important to note that there are towns within these larger areas that are under different restrictions, such as Bolton (see above), Oldham, Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle, which you can find out more information about in the link below. 

Read the full list of restrictions Greater Manchester.

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