- Title: Nail bars, tattoo parlours and beauty salons reopen in the UK
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE ON STREET EXTERIOR OF BEAUTY SALON PRODUCTS IN WINDOW
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 16:17
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMN8H8N
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- 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.
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