Sunbeds: When will sunbeds open?

The Government has recently announced a number of businesses can soon reopen in the UK. From July 4, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen providing they are “COVID-secure”. However many businesses within the hospitality sector have been told they cannot reopen at the present time.

When will sunbeds reopen?

With many people complaining over the lack of lockdown haircuts, there was widespread delight when the Government announced changes to the lockdown rules earlier this month.

From July 4, hairdressers will be allowed to reopen providing they can adopt measures to keep staff and customers safe.

However a number of businesses within the health and beauty industry have not been given a date to reopen yet.


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Spas, nail bars and beauty salons are not allowed to reopen from July 4.

And for those hoping to top up their tans on the sunbeds, tanning salons are also not allowed to reopen at the current time.

In addition to these businesses, massage, tattoo and piercing parlours must also remain closed.

Other businesses which have also not been given the green light to reopen include nightclubs, bowling alleys, indoor gyms, swimming pools and water parks.

What will the rules be when tanning salons reopen?

At the moment the Government has not given a date for tanning salons to reopen in the UK.

This also means the Government is yet to publish official guidelines for businesses who offer sunbed services.

However it is highly likely any businesses offering customers sunbeds will have to adhere to the Government guidance on operating a ‘close-contact’ business.


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Businesses such as hairdressers have to comply with extensive Government health and safety guidance.

In line with the Government guidance, it is likely tanning salons will need to have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment before reopening.

Enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices will also need to be introduced on the premises to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This will likely mean staff in shops will need to clean after each customer and keep the number of people in a shop at any time limited.

Tanning salons will also need to make sure they can allow two-metres distance between customers and staff within the shop.

If this isn’t possible, salons will need to ensure they have done everything practically possible to manage the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

New regulations could mean customers have to wait longer to get an appointment at a tanning salon.

And like many businesses, when tanning shops reopen it may be likely that contactless payment methods are preferred over cash.

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