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Wednesday, 24 June 2020, Tamara Sandoul, Policy and Campaigns Manager, CIEH
However, not all businesses are due to open and the announcement relating to the beauty and special treatments sector is probably the most unexpected. While hair salons and barbers have been given the go-ahead, most other ‘close contact’ services have not been given a date and must remain closed for now. Hospitality businesses will also be required to collect contact details from customers to aid contact tracing work.
On 23 June, the Prime Minister also announced that the two metre social distancing will be reduced to ‘one metre plus’, where a distance of two metres cannot be maintained, from 4 July in England. However, this would be conditional and reversible, and a summary of the review and guidance on social distancing will be published in the next couple of days.
From 4 July, the following would be permitting to open in England if they have the necessary protections in place:
The following would remain closed in England:
The Department for the Economy and Tourism Northern Ireland has published a series of guidance documents for safe working during COVID-19. These include guidance for:
Unlike in England, this guidance still refers to two metre social distancing. However, there are a number of announcements on the easing of lockdown restrictions:
Following the latest Government announcement, all non-essential shops in Wales are now able to reopen (from 22 June). The following activities can also now resume:
However, a decision has not yet been made on other riskier businesses. At the next review on 9 July, the Welsh Government will consider a range of specific options for opening:
In Wales, the requirement to stay local and not generally travelling more than five miles from home remains in place – indications are that this is likely to be lifted on 6 July.