Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week that the tiered system would make a comeback following the end of the national lockdown on December 2, anticipation has been high to see which regions would fall into which tiers. In total 21 local authorities in England have been put into Tier 3, which means the closure of hospitality venues including bars and pubs.
The new, stricter system will see 99 percent of England in the top two alert levels of ‘high’ and ‘very high’.
Just 1.27 percent of England’s population, concentrated on the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, have escaped the top 2 Tiers when the lockdown ends.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the new tiers in the House of Commons on Thursday.
Mr Hancock confirmed the ‘stay at home’ order would end next Wednesday, and gyms, non-essential shops and personal care can all reopen.
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But the Health Secretary warned: “We cannot simply flick a switch and try to return to life straight back to normal.
“If we did this, we would undo the hard work of so many and see the NHS overwhelmed.”
Mr Hancock also warned that capital city London faces “a lot of work” to stay in Tier 2 and not be upgraded to Tier 3.
The Rule of Six and hospitality curfew will return across the country, but it has been extended to 11pm instead of 10pm, and last orders will instead be called at 10pm.
Are beauty salons open in Tier 3?
The Government has confirmed as part of its Covid winter plan, the ‘personal care’ sector is allowed to reopen.
This means hair, nail, and beauty salons across the country can begin operating again on December 2.
The news will undoubtedly come as a huge relief to the beauty industry, especially during the upcoming festive period.
The Government website says businesses allowed to reopen on December 2 include hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty service, massage parlours and tanning salons.
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While the rules vary throughout the 3 Tiers, the Government has confirmed the rules regarding beauty salons will remain consistent.
This means all close contact services can start up again, as long as work is carried out in a Covid-secure way.
When beauty salons were allowed to reopen following the first lockdown on July 4, new safety measures were implemented to help customers and staff members.
Now, all close contact businesses are required to keep a temporary record of clients for 21 days and operate on an appointment-only basis.
As social distancing isn’t possible with close contact services, beauty workers have to wear a face mask or visor.
Similarly, communal magazines are no longer available for waiting customers, and cash payments are discouraged in favour of contactless.
Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University, Dr Robert Dingwall said: “Hairdressers do not spend a lot of time face-to-face with customers, the interaction is through a mirror normally.
“In a sense, the customers’ best protection is having confidence in the standards of these places, which are used to being sterile anyway.”