Is your salon ready for reopening? These are the coronavirus safety guidelines to follow

Are you prepared for your salon or spa to reopen? Read on to find out the latest coronavirus safety procedures guidelines you will need to follow to help your business, staff and clients stay safe upon reopening. 

While it remains unclear when spas can reopen, beauty salons are included in phase 3 of the government guidelines published on Monday 11 May. This means your salon will need to prepare safety protocols for when your salon or spa may be allowed to reopen on Saturday 4 July. 

How can I prepare to reopen my beauty salon? PB’s coronavirus safety resource guides

PB has compiled a list of the UK beauty industry coronavirus safety resource guides that are available so far to help you and your team reopen your salon or spa as soon as it is feasible.

The UK government has not announced any official guidelines yet for salons to follow, however PB will continue to update this list of industry safety resource guides to help salons prepare to reopen as more resources become available.

Babtac – Back to Work Guidelines

The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology has created eight-pages of guidance for preparing beauty and hair salons for post COVID-19 lockdown.

BABTAC explains the guidance is intended for planning purposes: “Employers and staff should use this guide to help identify risk levels in their workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance or changes to current guidance may be needed going forward as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available from government or health organisations.”

The guide includes an explanation of how coronavirus spreads, how to implement infection protection measures and operational protocols and controls you will need to consider.

See the full Babtac Back to Work document here.

NHBF – Back to Business Guidelines

Following the publication of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, the NHBF aims to help your salon reopen with its coronavirus safety resource guides called the Back to Business guidelines. The set of guidelines are for beauty salons, hair salons and barbershops. The organisation is using these guidelines to continue its conversations with government and is aiming to show the UK government that the industry can work safely to avoid delaying when salons and barbershops can return to work.

The NHBF’s chief executive Hilary Hall says: “We strongly believe there is a need for sector-specific guidance for hair, beauty and barbering. We have worked with members, our health and safety team and other industry bodies to develop robust guidelines that show salons and barbershops can operate safely when the time comes to reopen. These guidelines have been widely shared with our government contacts. They will also help salons and barbershops make full use of the time available to prepare for reopening.”

The NHBF’s Back to Business Guidelines cover how business owners can recover from the coronavirus lockdown, the safety precautions they will need to take once operating and how to take financial control of their business.

Go to to read the full guide and go to for more information and coronavirus FAQs.

ISPA – Reopening guidelines

While it is still unclear when UK spas will be able to reopen for business, US-based association ISPA has compiled a spa Reopening Checklist that includes helpful prompts to help you visualise how your business will operate post-lockdown. It also offers communication templates for both staff and clients to help you communicate your new safety protocols in your spa once you reopen.

Go to ISPA for more information

PB will continue to update this article to help salons and spa prepare to reopen with further coronavirus safety guides as and when they become available.

For more coronavirus advice, check our Coronavirus Support Guide to help navigate your business through these uncertain times.