Spas across England have been closed for several months with the Government highlighting these businesses as too risky to continue amid the coronavirus pandemic. Beauty salons, spas and mobile therapists across England have been given new hope after Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced his roadmap for easing of lockdown restrictions. But when can spas reopen?
England entered its third national lockdown on January 4.
Under the restrictions still in effect across the country, all non-essential travel is banned and leisure businesses including hotels, salons, gyms, swimming pools and spas are not permitted to open.
The Government’s national lockdown advice requires all personal care facilities must close.
These businesses include hair, beauty, tanning, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close.
These services also cannot be provided in other people’s homes.
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When can spas reopen?
Mr Johnson shared the details for when each area of lockdown easing will take place in the upcoming months.
Speaking from the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said: “Mr Speaker, with permission, I will make a Statement on the roadmap that will guide us, cautiously but irreversibly, towards reclaiming our freedoms while doing all we can to protect our people against Covid.
“Today’s measures will apply in England, but we are working closely with the Devolved Administrations who are setting out similar plans.
“The threat remains substantial, with the numbers in hospital only now beginning to fall below the peak of the first wave in April.
“But we are able to take these steps because of the resolve of the British public and the extraordinary success of our NHS in vaccinating more than 17.5 million people across the UK.
“The data so far suggests both vaccines are effective against the dominant strains of Covid.”
The lockdown easing plan unveiled by Mr Johnson clearly underlines dates for when each sector of society will be eased based on “data not dates”.
For the next step of lockdown easing to take place, four tests must be undertaken.
The first conditions that must be met at each phase of lockdown easing is the coronavirus vaccine programme continuing to go to plan.
The second is evidence showing vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment.
The third is infection rates not risking a surge in hospital admissions.
The last is new variants of the virus not fundamentally changing the risk of lifting restrictions.
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According to the lockdown roadmap outlined by the Prime Minister, spas may be permitted to reopen from as early as April 12 when non-essential retail, hairdressers, other personal care venues and indoor leisure facilities reopen.
However, at this time saunas and steam rooms are not permitted to reopen and overnight spa vacations will not be allowed at this time.
From April 12, other reopenings will include outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parts.
Indoor leisure venues and self-contained holiday accommodation such as campsites and self-catering will also be able to reopen.
From the third step, beginning on May 17, spas will be able to reopen their sauna and steam room facilities.
All other remaining accommodation venues such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs will be able to reopen meaning people will be able to undertake spa breaks with overnight stays.
Under the Government guidance, legal limits on social contact will however remain in effect until June 21.
From that time, all legal limits on social numbers are also expected to end.
Mr Johnson said the route back to normality would be subject to regular reviews.
The PM added: “Mr Speaker, in view of these cautious but I hope irreversible changes, people may be concerned about what these changes mean for the various support packages, for livelihoods for people and for the economy.
“So I want to assure the House, we will not pull the rug out. For the duration of the pandemic, the government will continue to do whatever it takes to protect jobs and livelihoods across the UK.
“And my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor will set out further details in the Budget next Wednesday.”
Mr Johnson said he “cannot rule out reimposing restrictions at a local or regional level” if evidence suggests they are necessary to contain or suppress a new variant which escapes the vaccines.
The Prime Minister said: “I agree that we must always be humble in the face of nature and we must be cautious but I really also believe that the vaccination programme has dramatically changed the odds in our favour and it is on that basis that we can now proceed.
“And of course there will be others who will believe that we could go faster on the basis of that vaccination programme and I understand their feelings and I sympathise very much with the exhaustion and the stress that people are experiencing and that businesses are experiencing after so long in lockdown.
“But to them, I say that today the end really is in sight and a wretched year will give way to a spring and a summer that will be very different and incomparably better than the picture we see around us today.”