Update: COVID-19 Lockdown 2 – FAQs

Nov 4, 2020

We have received an update from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy following the Prime Minister’s announcement.

DISCLAIMER: Accurate at the time of posting, but these guidelines may change, and are updated in accordance with frequent consultations we have with government as part of their COVID-19 taskforce.


The Government will be discussing the finalities of England’s second COVID-19 lockdown today, see below for the latest guidance we have received from BEIS.


When does this become live? 

Salons must be closed by 00.01 on Thursday 5th November, as long as it is approved by Parliament.


Will this be law?

MPs will be voting on this on Wednesday, if voted through, it will become law as of 00.01 Thursday 5th November.


What is an essential service?

These will be listed in the Regulations, but they will include services such as building services, car repair services, funeral directors etc.


Vocational Education: 

Can hair and beauty training still be completed? Yes

Can students work on live models such as other students? Other students only

What about training in the high-risk zone? Yes if COVID secure

How many students can be a group? Unspecified

Is it OK to teach one to one? Yes


Can salons complete a click and collect service?

Yes, for products such as shampoo or GHDs etc.


HM Treasury have advised that salon owners are able to claim furlough while operating on a click and collect basis.



We understand that some aesthetic services are provided for in medical clinics, and that there is an exemption for medical and health services, but agree that services for which there is no medical or health reason should not go ahead.


Furlough Scheme

Is the scheme only for England? No, the scheme has been extended for all workers across the UK.

Does this cover apprentices again? Yes, will cover all types of employee contracts

How is the furlough going to work, will it be like before? Yes as before eligibility for the furlough scheme i.e. are new employees taken on since re-opening in July eligible to go onto the scheme  Will need to have been on payroll from 30th October.


HM Treasury have advised that salon owners are able to claim furlough while operating on a click and collect basis.

Mobile Workers

Will there be funding to support mobile workers who are not eligible for other funding mechanisms? There will be grants for self employed based on 80% of taxable income.

Will production shoots continue? They will be able to operate

Does this cover media and make up professionals, e.g. freelance makeup and hair in film industry? They will be able to operate, this will be set out in guidance.


Massage and Physical Therapists

It will be set out in guidance, but massage therapists for medical/injury purposes will be allowed. In general, where massages are for pain relief that would fit under health services, which are permitted to remain open.



Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant (SEISS) – further details of the support available can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/932077/ECONOMIC_SUPPORT_UPDATE__NOVEMBER__FINAL.pdf


When can I re-book clients in for?

3rd December 2020.


Please note the following: Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health are all permitted to be open. 


You can find the regulations here.


We will continue to update our Beauty Bytes and social media platforms with the latest guidance.


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