When can nail bars open again in the UK? Here’s the latest advice

It's been a while since we had a manicure...
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  • On Tuesday 23rd June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an update on the easing of the coronavirus restrictions to come in the next few weeks.

    He announced that from 4th July, businesses such as pubs, restaurants, museums and art galleries – as well as those all-important hairdressing salons – would be allowed to reopen, as long as they were able to be ‘Covid secure’ – allowing for social distancing and hygiene measures.

    The Prime Minister also confirmed that he would be changing the mandatory social distancing from 2 metres to one metre – although advised that you should stay as far apart from others where possible.

    Boris’ announcement also saw the happy news that hairdressers and barbers will be permitted to reopen in early July as well – much to the delight of many Brits hair dos.

    However, that news has left some wondering when similar businesses, such as nail, beauty salons, and massage therapists, may be allowed to start back up.

    MORE: This is the hairdressing service you may not be able to have once salons reopen

    It’s been months since we were able to get our nails done (and since we first attempted an at home manicure during lockdown), or since we were able to get an array of beauty treatments done – so when will that be possible again? When can nail bars open in the UK?

    When can nail bars open in the UK?

    Nail salons have been given the go-ahead to reopen from 13th July, along with beauty salons, spas and massage therapy centres.

    When can nail bars open in the UK?

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    Abi Selby, Founder of Spabreaks.com is greatly relieved UK spas will be opening from Monday 13th July, as announced by the government today.

    She said, “Along with the wider spa industry including the UK Spa Association and British Beauty Council who have been working tirelessly to get the industry open again, I am immensely relieved to hear spas will be able to open their doors from Monday to the many people that enjoy the physical and mental benefits of spa treatments.

    How to book a nail appointment when businesses reopen

    It’s likely, just as with hairdressers, that a visit to a nail bar will require a pre-booked appointment. This is to reduce the number of people in the nail bar at one time, therefore allowing more space for 1 metre+ social distancing.

    To book an appointment online, visit your local nail bar’s website where there will likely be more information on how to do this when they open again. Alternatively, sites like treatwell.co.uk will help you find a nail bar or salon local to you, with appointments available often on the same day.

    However, you don’t have to wait for nail bars to open again to get a salon-worthy manicure or pedicure. Try one at home yourself with our recommendations for the best at-home gel nail products for a DIY manicure in lockdown.

    With nails bars not reopening for the foreseeable future, it’s a great way to relax and treat yourself in lockdown.

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