British hair and beauty bodies unite to demand reassurance from government on reopening

Open letter to Prime Minister stresses urgent need for assurances that the hairdressing industry will be reopened in all of the tier structures following England’s current national lockdown

Clipper trim in a barbershop pre-Covid lockdown in England

The UK’s biggest hair and beauty organisations, including the NHBF and British Beauty Council,  have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, demanding assurances that the hairdressing industry will be reopened in all of the tier structures following England’s current national lockdown. The letter comes after a staggered reopening of the sector in the summer, in which hair and beauty were split and certain treatments and services were prohibited for prolonged period after the main lockdown had ended, without any medical evidence to support the decision.

“The simple fact is that the hair and beauty industry contributes only ‘up to 0.05%’ to the R Rate, as stated by their very own SAGE advisors,” explains NHBF chief executive, Richard Lambert. “With the amount of money salons and barbers have spent to prove themselves to be ‘COVID secure’ and the hoops they have jumped through within the governments guidance in order to welcome back clients – these businesses must be given the chance to operate and recover to be the economically viable businesses they were before the pandemic.”

In the letter it is stated : “As we saw during the national lockdown in March, the hair and beauty sector has a significant role to play in maintaining the overall health and wellbeing of the public. With it highly likely that the country will be living with Coronavirus for some time, it is absolutely essential that services such as ours remain operational to support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the general public through this crisis.”

The letter also goes onto discuss Nottinghamshire County Council’s decision to close the beauty sector prior to the national lockdown, and asks for the government’s support in working with Nottinghamshire Council to reverse this judgement and also ensure no further councils take this unnecessary action upon reopening in December.

A version of the letter has also been sent to Michael Gove MP at the Cabinet Office, Alok Sharma MP Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and  Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

See the letter written to the PM by all the hair and beauty industry bodies here. 

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