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Advice for Guild Members on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Last Updated 14th August 2020

The UK Government’s safe working guidelines for close contact services is available on the UK.GOV website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services.



All services, including those in the highest risk zone are permitted from 15th August 2020.

The person providing a service, because of the period of time spent in close proximity to a person’s face, mouth and nose should therefore wear further protection in addition to any that they might usually wear. This should take the form of a clear visor and a Type II Face Mask. Clear visors cover the face (and typically provides a barrier between the wearer and the client from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking). Visors must fit the user and be worn properly. They should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face. Both disposable and re-usable visors are available. A re-usable visor must be cleaned and disinfected between each client using normal cleaning products.

A Type II face mask should be worn with the visor. Type II face masks are not PPE but will provide a physical barrier to minimise contamination of the mouth and nose when used correctly. Ensure you are hydrated before putting a mask on. Type II face masks are medical face masks made up of a protective 3-ply construction that prevents large particles from reaching the client or working surfaces.

To help you decide which actions to take, you must carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards.



The list of businesses allowed to open in Scotland are:

  • hairdressing
  • barbershops
  • beauty and nail bars (own premises only)
  • make up (own premises only)
  • spa and wellness businesses
  • massage therapists (own premises only)
  • complementary alternative medicine providers (own premesis only)

The full guidelines are at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-retail-sector-guidance/pages/close-contact-services. These guidelines were amended on 28th July to effectively prevent mobile beauty, nail and make up businesses from operating. Mobile massage and complementary therapists had previously been prevented from working.

Face coverings are mandatory in Scotland for staff and clients. Visors are also recommended. Treatments in the highest risk zone around the face are not banned.



Hairdressers and Barbers are open. Beauty Salons in Wales can re-open from 27th July 2020 The Welsh Government issued their most recent guidelines on 24 July 2020. See Coronavirus Workplace Guidance. These include a list of treatments considered safe to offer under the Government's safe working and close contact services. The guidelines also specify a list of high risk treatments on the face which salons are strongly advised not to perform because they require work in close proximity to the mouth / nose / and respiratory secretions on the client. They recommend that businesses do not provide these treatments unless you can access correct PPE (Public Health Wales) HW recommend a Fluid Resistant Surgical Face Mask, eye protection (goggles or a full face mask) disposable gloves and apron) have sufficient training in putting PPE on and taking it off and follow standard infection control precautions.


Northern Ireland

Hair, beauty, nails and holistic therapists are all open.


Local Restrictions

Local lockdown restrictions are in place affecting certain parts of the UK. If you live in one of these areas or run a business that operates in these areas, you will need to read the restrictions to decide if you are allowed to continue to run your business. To see the areas affected and details of the restrictions visit the UK Government website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19.



Beauty Guild COVID-19 Safe Working Guide

We have prepared a five step process to allow you get back to work safely in accordance with the Government guidelines. See our page COVID-19 Safe Working Guide

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Course

How can you make sure your salon is safe to re-open after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown? The course takes you through a checklist of the things you need to consider and the possible changes you will need to implement prior to re-opening to the public. This course is free for Guild member. Click Here to see details.

Back to work insurance and membership offer

We know how hard the COVID-19 pandemic has been for beauty and hair professionals. That’s why we are offering you our best ever package of membership, insurance and training services to help you get back to work as safely and as quickly as possible. See COVID-19 Back To Work Offer.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

To see a selection of Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus , see COVID-19 FAQ.

Best regards,

Lynne Archer