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Further reopening of Northampton’s high streets

Published: Friday, 10 July 2020

The Government has approved the reopening of additional businesses from Monday 13 July, including tattoo parlours, nail bars and beauty salons.

This follows relaxed guidance which also recently facilitated the reopening of non-essential retail, the hospitality industry and hairdressers.

In order to ensure these premises are safe for customers and staff, the government have issued guidelines that must be followed in order to protect staff and customers from Covid-19 transmission.

Cllr Anna King, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “These latest businesses to reopen are all likely to require appointments, which should help them manage social distancing effectively.

“It’s great news for those who have been waiting to get back out there and access these services, though there are some limitations.

“Businesses are still prohibited from providing facial treatments such as make-up, eyebrow or eyelash treatments.”

Treatments to the body can be carried out if those providing them follow the Government’s safety guidance.

Hairdressers and barbers have adapted well to this new way of working, implementing controls such as face visors and making a record of customer contact details to support the Government’s Test and Trace initiative.

Further measures which should be put in place include:

  • Arrangements for handwashing/sanitizing
  • Arrangements for social distancing – restrictions on access to the premises, spacing of treatment chairs etc
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection

Businesses seeking to reopen should consult the Government’s full guidance at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Full safety advice is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

Northampton Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team is also happy to provide advice and can be reached at [email protected]

Mark Mullen, Northampton town centre BID Operations Manager, said: “It is great news that another sector of Northampton’s businesses are able to re-open again.

“The BID are able to continue their support by providing Business COVID Recovery Starter Packs to all of our levy paying businesses. These include physical distancing floor graphics, tape, posters and hand sanitiser.

“They are available upon request by emailing [email protected]  providing your name, contact number, business name and email address.

Please also contact the email address above to ensure that your details are contained within the BID business directories online at www.northamptonbid.co.uk