A Carlisle beauty and skincare clinic has been given the green light to reopen on today – but is angry that the majority of its treatments are still forbidden by Government guidelines.
Vanessa Brown, owner of VL Aesthetics, said that the announcement that the beauty industry can reopen after the COVID-19 crisis is ‘a token gesture’, given that it doesn’t permit any facial treatments.
“It feels like a bit of a kick in the teeth,” she said. “It’s like announcing that pubs can reopen but aren’t allowed to serve alcohol.
“Around 90 per cent of beauty and cosmetic treatments are carried out on the face, so that’s a huge amount of our business that we can’t offer right now.
“It doesn’t make sense that a dentist can work on people’s mouths, or a barber can cut people’s fringes, but even with clients wearing masks and our staff wearing PPE and observing all hygiene rules, we can’t carry out a treatment on someone’s face.”
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden made the announcement at the Downing Street briefing yesterday evening that beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons, and other close contact services can reopen from Monday in England.
He made reference to the fact that these guidelines would not cover high-risk services but no extra detail was given. Vanessa said that she only found out the extra caveats when researching later on.
She continued: “We were originally expecting to open on the 6th of July like most other industries, and that didn’t happen. Then at 5pm yesterday at the briefing, they announced that beauty salons could reopen.
“It was only later in the evening when the guidelines were updated that it became clear that facial treatments are still forbidden.
“It defies logic, and it just feels like a token gesture to keep a few people happy.”
She added that she is seeking urgent clarification on why certain treatments aren’t being permitted, and hopes to be able to offer a full range of treatments soon.
“At the moment, there isn’t enough work for us to recall all our staff, so we need to be given some clear direction. There has been very little communication so far, and it means that we’re continually having to push back people’s appointments and messing people around.
“The Government needs to explain its decisions and I think some of the guidelines need reviewing urgently so that the industry can properly reopen.”