Joanna Atkinson who runs Beauty for all Seasons in Hereford has voiced her frustration regarding the re-opening of beauty salons.

Joanna told Your Herefordshire:

ā€œI closed my salon on 21st March before lockdown began, with my family and my clients safety in mind. It has been a long 15 weeks worrying about the pandemic and how this would affect my business in the future.

ā€œAssuming we would reopen on 4th July alongside hair salons I was disappointed to hear the government made no mention of beauty salons; only highlighting that nail bars should remain closed. A lot of my therapist friends and groups I follow were confused as to why there was no mention of beauty salons and why we did not fall under the same category as hairdressers especially as we have one Hair and Beauty Federation.

ā€œA lot of hair salons have nail bars and beauty therapists working alongside them in the same premises, so when the hairdressers return to work on 4th, beauty therapists; most of whom are self employed are still left in the dark as to when we can reopen.ā€

Joanna who has been a beauty therapist for over a decade added:

“We have had no tangible direction on when we can reopen even though the government has published a guidance document on keeping workers and clients safe during Covid-19 in close contact services. Iā€™ve spent a lot of time and money researching and acquiring the correct ppe ready for when I can start taking bookings again. With no date given on when we can reopen a lot of Beauty, Holistic, Massage therapists and Nail technicians are now under continued financial stress with no end in sight”