Beauty salons to shut in 11 areas of Scotland as they enter Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions

Beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers in 11 council areas in Scotland will be forced to close their doors on Friday, November 20, for three weeks as they move into Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said there is “ground for continued and significant concern” about coronavirus in these areas which is why they will be moving into Level 4 restrictions for a “strictly limited” period, with hopes to lift these measures on December 11. 

The council areas affected are: the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian. 

As part of the Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, close contact services and mobile close contact service providers cannot operate. This includes beauty, make-up and nail services, hairdressing and barbering, spa and wellness, hair removal, massage, and complementary and alternative medicine requiring physical contact. 

Read the Scottish Government’s full list of Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions

Sturgeon told MSPs: "I know people are frustrated that other restrictions have remained in place longer than planned, but Level 4 is intended to be short and sharp. And in this situation, it is specifically intended to have an impact in advance of Christmas and the most challenging winter period.

"Lifting the Level 4 restrictions then [on 11 December] – as we will do – also means that they will not be in place for most of the Hanukkah period. So, again, while celebrations may be different, there will be a greater degree of freedom.

"We will assess nearer the time the level that will apply in each area when the Level 4 restrictions end on December 11."

What Covid-19 levels are in place in other areas of Scotland?

Meanwhile, two areas – East Lothian and Midlothian – are to move down from Level 3 to Level 2 restrictions on November 24 as both areas have seen a “marked decline” in infection rates. 

The City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Dundee, Fife, Perth & Kinross and Angus all remain at Level 3; and Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, the Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, and Argyll & Bute at Level 2.

Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, Moray and the Highlands are in Level 1. 

Both England and Northern Ireland are still in their second coronavirus lockdowns, with salons, spas and mobile therapists unable to operate in those areas. 

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