COVID-19: England Announce New Rules on Face Coverings

by | Nov 29, 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, following the discovery of the Omicron variant.

UPDATE 01.12.2021: The UK Government have published updated guidance for “people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments and for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers and beauticians”, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/shops-branches-and-close-contact-services. Download and display this poster to remind customers of the new regulations.

The updates reflect the new regulations that came into force on Tuesday 30 November and are as follows:
– Contacts of individuals with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status. See Section 4.2.
– Staff and customers must wear a face covering in shops and in premises that provide close contact services, including in people’s homes. See Section 7.2.
 
The British Beauty Council has had clarification that clients are still able to remove face coverings for treatments as required.

Temporary and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant in the UK will come into force on Tuesday, the government has confirmed.

 

From 4am on Tuesday 30 November face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings including personal care settings, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.

 

If in doubt, and you can (i.e. you do not have a medical condition or exemption), the British Beauty Council advises wearing a face covering to protect yourself and others. It also reduces the likelihood of staff shortages and possible closures.

 

We are speaking with government and updated guidance is expected shortly. We will update you once it is published.

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