Government guidance updated for close contact services in England

The Government's official guidance regarding PPE and refreshments has been changed for close contact services including beauty salons, spas and therapists.

Goggles can now be worn as an alternative to face visors. However, a Type II face mask must still be worn by all practitioners. Goggles must be polycarbonate safety spectacles or equivalent.

Clients can now be given hot or cold drinks, providing they are served in disposable cups or bottles. They can only remove their face coverings to drink and must keep them on elsewhere in salon. Food, however, remains off the menu.

In addition, Test and Trace is now mandatory. Salons and therapists must have a system in place that collects the client’s name, phone number, the date and time of their visit, as well as the details of the person who provided the service. 

Allowing clients into your premises who have not provided details is now considered an offence and will come with a fine.

This update in England comes after face coverings for people in shops and enclosed spaces became mandatory in Wales.

You can read the Government's updated guidance for close contact services here.

Additional local restrictions still apply in certain areas. Access our update on local lockdowns here