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Hi all

I have had a search and cant seem to find the answer to my question online :( I have a treatment room at home for nails... can I still have clients round with the no household mixing policy, if it's business?!
I adhere to all covid-safe rules etc, as a stand alone salon would. I'm in England (Tier 3 area).
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It's so confusing isn't it. I looking for same answer as I in Manchester and expecting tier 3 by weekend. Boris said that Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists would close like pubs, but I can't find that info on all the tier 3 rules. So I really don't know if we close or can remain working. My insurance company are as confused as myself.

So I personally am going to remain open and trading at my home salon until I am told otherwise.
 

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It's so confusing isn't it. I looking for same answer as I in Manchester and expecting tier 3 by weekend. Boris said that Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists would close like pubs, but I can't find that info on all the tier 3 rules. So I really don't know if we close or can remain working. My insurance company are as confused as myself.

So I personally am going to remain open and trading at my home salon until I am told otherwise.
I agree with you, unless they explicitly say so, carry on if you feel safe doing so.
 

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I'm just so worried about getting slapped with a fine :(
 

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I'm just so worried about getting slapped with a fine :(
The rules relate to socialising, working is not affected, unless a total lockdown is implemented. None of the Tier 3 local authorities have stopped close contact services (so far)
 

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  • closing personal care and close contact services or prohibiting the highest-risk activities
I think you would have to close unfortunately.
On reading this link it says 'The government will also seek to agree additional interventions in consultation with local authorities, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. These could include the following options:' and 'closing clise contact' is one of the potential options - so it's not clear cut either way. It's going to be decided by individual Local Authority Councils, so you'll need to contact yours for specifics.
 

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The government advice is certainly not clear. However, Northern Ireland and Wales have closed salons. I think the North of England are trying to keep them open (for now) but I guess it will depend on whether you are OK with working through a tier 3 lockdown. I understand some people absolutely need to work, I guess it depends on you and your clientele and whether you feel safe carrying on.
 

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Does anyone know the answer to this that with hair salons etc opening on the 12th April, are we allowed to have 2 clients in at the same time if they are apart of the same household?
 

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I think it depends on whether you can maintain social distancing between clients.
I have quite a small space so I am declining bookings for two friends wanting pedicures, for instance, because they clearly intend to “mix” indoors. I have to think of the risks to my team. People breaking the rules are too big a risk.

I’m based in Bath which is a tourist town. I’ve had a lot of bookings in the past from groups of friends who are sharing Air BnB accommodation and driving up in one car. Last summer I reasoned that they all individually posed the same risk to me and my staff, so I didn’t refuse their bookings, I did however control their arrivals so that they weren’t mixing in my salon. This complied with the law.

Now that I’m a bit more confident about managing Covid I am turning away these bookings rather than trying to bring in extra staff and juggle everything around. I’m not happy to perhaps have several team members infected at the same time. I’d rather lose the extra business by complying with the spirit and intention of the law.

I feel that the risks have gone up a lot more because people are relaxing and mixing far more than last year so I’m being really careful not to let my guard down. I can have more than one client in at a time, keeping them well away from each other, but I’m not accepting double and triple bookings, unless part of the same household.
 

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I did call up my district council last week and she said it was ok for me to have 2 people from the same household in my premises but to ensure that the salon is well ventilated, and that you continue with all the other guidelines, ppe etc. But not have a bunch of children at the same time due to need of having the social distancing agreed to where possible.

On a separate note I did read an article in the daily Mail that suggested that the social distancing indoors isn’t going to help in regards to the covid as the covid spies can float around in the air for a number of hours. So the best thing for reducing risk is ventilation.

 

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The thing with social distancing is not to breathe in exhaled air from someone else. After 15 minutes in an enclosed space, it doesn’t make any difference how far apart you are.

However if the ventilation is good, social distancing will keep you far enough away to significantly reduce the chances of inhaling infectious quantities of virus as it’s expelled from someone’s lungs. And then hopefully the influx of circulated fresh air takes the infection outside or dilutes it down to less infectious levels.
 

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