Salons and spas in England to reopen April 12 earliest under Government roadmap

Personal care businesses, including beauty salons and spas, will be in stage two of England’s roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown, meaning they can reopen from mid-April, providing expectations are met on the vaccine rollout, on falling Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions, and the absence of any major concerns over new variants.

Addressing parliament today (February 22), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the roadmap out of lockdown would follow a four-step plan and that there will be no regional differences across England. 

Step one of the lockdown easing will be in March, with the reopening of schools from March 8 and the return of the rule of six for outdoor meet-ups from March 29.

Step two will see salons reopen, along with non-essential retail. Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors. This will come into force from April 12, providing step one goes according to plan. 

Salons and spas will be allowed to reopen but spas will not be allowed to operate their saunas and steam rooms until step three.

Step three involves a return for indoor entertainment, including bars and restaurants, and is expected to come in from May 17.

Step four will see a return to household mixing indoors, UK holidays and some large-scale events. This is expected from June 21.

The Government has since published its Covid-19 Response Spring 2021, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. 

Significantly, the Government report acknowledges the economic power of the beauty and hair industry and the impact that lockdown measures have had on its workforce, stating: "Personal care activities accounted for £21.1 billion in the UK in 2019 (£18.9 billion in England), providing 566,000 jobs (507,000 in England). Women are significantly overrepresented in this sector, making up 85% of the workforce."

In parliament, the Prime Minister said he wanted to ensure there are no further lockdowns after the current one, adding, “This roadmap should be cautious but also irreversible”.

He also said there will be at least five weeks between each step and that the Government will give at least one week’s notice of each step being implemented.

The Prime Minister said it was possible to begin to implement this roadmap next month because the vaccine rollout was going well, with 17.5 million people in the UK having now received the vaccine.

In closing, he said "the end really is in sight", saying he intended for this reopening to be final and that we can expect a positive summer.

In other news, salons in Northern Ireland will remain closed until at least April 1, while the Covid-19 lockdown in Wales has been extended until mid-March