In an update to close contact services guidance, visors and masks will be mandatory for all hairdressers and barbers in England from Saturday 15 August
As of tomorrow (15 August) all hairdressers and barbers in England must wear a visor AND an additional Type II face mask when working.⠀
That includes EVERYONE carrying out services in a salon, barbershop, on set or in a client’s home in England. This shift in the guidelines means both items of PPE are mandatory – a legal requirement for businesses in our sector, having reopened post-lockdown – and cannot be substituted for just a visor, just a mask or any other form of face covering.⠀
WHAT IS A TYPE II MASK?
These are the familiar, often blue masks, used in a medical setting. There are also Type IIR masks, which are ‘surgical masks’. These differ as they have a splash resistant coating. The former are what MUST be worn by hair professionals in the workplace (as well as a face shielding visor) from 15 August.⠀
Clinical evidence has been growing that a visor may not be sufficient to stop droplet spread. The government has considered that scientific advice, and has now changed its stance to reflect the science.⠀
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T WEAR BOTH?
With some hair professionals’ adherence to the rules being questioned by clients and the wider public, fines for not wearing the required visor and mask are also being more strictly enforced. If you do not follow the rules, there may not only be financial implications for your business, but also the whole industry may face another period of temporary closure.⠀
To find out more, click here for the updated government guidelines.