HM Government directive on closures

"Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours" were ordered to close their doors from Friday, March 20 as part of Government measures to delay the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

In his daily address, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined that entertainment and hospitality businesses including pubs, bars and restaurants should close that night.
Following the announcement, a list has been published on the website to clarify which types of business fall under that heading.   This states:

The following businesses have been asked to close:

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars, nightclubs.
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and bingo halls.
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
  • Casinos and betting shops.
  • All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.

Currently there is confusion as to what hair salons, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, or aesthetic clinics are officially required to do which is causing much concern. The Hair and Barber Council is continually seeking clarification on this from Government and will keep you updated as additional Government advice and clarification becomes available.

However, it is expected that the legislation to enforce closures within these sectors, will probably come into force this coming week and that businesses that fail to comply will face fines of £1,000.

As part of the same Government statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced a financial support package for workers and businesses.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be established to help pay the wages of employees who are unable to work during the outbreak. Employers will be able to contact HMRC for a grant to cover most of the wages of their workforce who remain on payroll but are temporarily not working.

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