Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the latest lockdown update on Tuesday, June 23rd. So, can nail salons reopen on July 4th?

Beauty salons, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants have remained closed since March this year following the coronavirus spread in the UK.

People have spent a long time at home with their family and friends, cooking more homemade food and giving haircuts to family members and housemates.

But as the British nation is entering the next phase of the lockdown, many wonder when beauty salons such as nail shops can reopen safely again.

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July 4th: Can nail salons reopen?

No, nail salons can’t reopen on July 4th just yet.

The only places that are allowed to serve customers from July 4th onwards are hairdressers and barbers.

Explaining the next stage of the lockdown, Boris Johnson said:

“We also intend to allow some other close contact services, such as nail bars, to reopen as soon as we can when we are confident they can operate in a Covid-secure way.”

The Government is yet to confirm a date for when can nail salons reopen.

Why can’t nail salons reopen yet?

Nail salons may not be allowed to reopen yet due to safety concerns for the public.

Hairdressers and barbers also offer close contact services though it’s unclear why the Government hasn’t given the green light to reopen other beauty salons, including nail shops and spas.

The Government has outlined guidelines for hygiene standards and social distancing rules for hairdressers and barbers which you can find in this document here.

It’s very likely that they will prepare one for when nail salons reopen too.

People react on social media

It’s safe to say that many haven’t reacted well to the news that nail salons will remain closed for at least another few weeks.

Some have taken to social media to share their frustrations over the Government’s decision while nail salons voiced their concerns over their future and business continuity.

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