- Title: Nail bars, tattoo parlours and beauty salons reopen in the UK
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: SIGN FOR NAIL AND TANNING SALON EXTERIOR OF BEAUTY SALON LED SIGN READING (English): "NAILS, SPA, FACIAL, WAXING" EXTERIOR OF PRESTIGE BEAUTY SALON WOMAN IN SALON GETTING TREATMENT EMPLOYEE OF BEAUTY SALON IN PPE SIGN CALLING ON CUSTOMERS TO USE HAND SANITISER / HAND SANITISER INTERIOR OF SHOP PLASTIC SCREEN PLACED BETWEEN CUSTOMER AND STAFF MEMBER'S SEATS OWNER OF PRESTIGE BEAUTY SALON, ADMIRA LIKA, ARRANGING PROTECTIVE SCREEN AT NAIL BAR TAPE ON FLOOR INDICATING DIRECTION OF TRAVEL SOUNDBITE (English) OWNER OF PRESTIGE BEAUTY SALON, ADMIRA LIKA, SAYING: "Yeah, we have to regulate the clients, like we have to take one at a time and we need to give them extra time, as well, just for us to prepare the station for the next person, because we have to disinfect all the tools and the chairs and the mirrors and the sinks - everything - before we take the next person. So it's less customers per day" NAIL COLOUR SAMPLES BOTTLES OF NAIL POLISH ON THE WALL SOUNDBITE (English) OWNER OF PRESTIGE BEAUTY SALON, ADMIRA LIKA, SAYING: "I can't say much at the moment because it's just the beginning, but if it's going to be a going the way it is, probably we will be fine. We might survive it. If we have to go back to lock down again and, you know, second spike and things like that, then, I don't know. It will get a lot more complicated." VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF 7 DAY SPA SIGN READING (English) "SORRY WE ARE CLOSED" VARIOUS OF OWNER OF 7 DAY SPA, WANNIPA SUMRANJAI, PUTTING PROTECTIVE COVERING ON MASSAGE TABLE SOUNDBITE (English) OWNER OF 7 DAY SPA, WANNIPA SUMRANJAI, SAYING: "Right now it's more expensive, we have a lot of things to buy. Like the hand gel is quite expensive too, the masks for the clients, for my staff... the tissue rolls... and we're even going to have to do more laundry. Like, a lot in a day, a lot." TOWELS ON BED SOUNDBITE (English) OWNER OF 7 DAY SPA, WANNIPA SUMRANJAI, SAYING: "If you ask me if it's going to be busy or not, I would say I'm not confident. Because people are still scared of this thing and it's maybe something that people get used to now because they can work from home, and they don't do this kind of thing. Maybe some treatment they will have like hair and waxing, but some treatment is not necessary any more. You know, like, you don't need a massage, but I don't know. It's just my prediction, I'm not fully sure but, like I say, I just hope the business can pick up." VARIOUS OF SECURITY GUARD WEARING MASK VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WEARING MASKS STREET IN CAMDEN VARIOUS OF SIGNS FOR TATTOO PARLOURS EXTERIOR OF TATTOO PARLOUR
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 16:17
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMN8H8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tattoo shops, beauty salons and massage parlours in England reopened on Monday (July 13) after being forced to close for almost four months in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown.
Customers are required to wear masks while face tattoos, eyebrow trimming, face waxing and facials are prohibited under government guidelines.
Many shop owners in London said they had implemented extensive measures to keep their stores clean.
Wannipa Sumranjai, who owns 7 Day Spa, a Thai massage parlour in North London, said she would open her store a day late in order to give her staff more time to make sure they could open safely.
She told Reuters she is worried that massage parlours would be harder hit than other types of salons and spas, due to the close physical contact required by the practice and the fact massages can be deemed as a non-necessity.
Britain has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus, with an official death toll of more 44,000.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has faced criticism from the opposition over its handling of the pandemic - including locking down later than some other parts of Europe.
The latest changes apply only to England as the devolved nations in the United Kingdom - Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - have been setting their own timetables for easing lockdown restrictions.
(Production: Natalie Thomas)
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