Tanning salons to reopen 4th July

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On the 23d of June the government has announced another phase of reopening, that was supposed to included Hair salons, Tanning salons and Beauty Salons, as per the phased reopening plan. The announcement came as a surprise to the Tanning industry, that still we are not allowed to reopen.

Tanning salons are generally small businesses that are completely dependent on cash flow and have no financial backing.

Throughout lockdown our industry has been lobbying to secure differentiation from beauty salons as we are a non-contact service, our customers tan in isolation in a locked cubicle.  Our membership organisation, The Sunbed Association (TSA), achieved acknowledgement of this differentiation on 10 June 2020 from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy.  However, we understand that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has advised local authorities that tanning salons remain grouped with beauty who are of course a close contact service.

We are ready and prepared to open safely on 4th July with all social distancing and other hygiene and safety protocols in place including:

Completion of a COVID-19 Risk Assessment 
Social distancing floor markets and signage
Control of number of people in the salon
Provision of alcohol based hand sanitiser at entry/exit and within the salon
Removal of any non-essential equipment/furniture from the reception area
Enhanced cleaning protocols to include all touch points in the salon
Staff training on COVID-19 protocols within the salon/staff area/to and from work
COVID-19 customer support information posters/information 
Provision of PPE as appropriate
Sunbeds are always cleaned before/after each use and enhanced sunbed cubicle cleaning protocols are in place.

We are at a complete loss as to why MHCLG continues to wrongly group us with beauty.  Despite attempts by TSA, the department has not engaged with our industry and we understand BEIS has communicated our industry's position to MHCLG as well, yet it has made a decision that makes no sense with regard to controlling the risk of spreading COVID-19.  If tanning salons are unable to open for  business on 4th July, it is very likely many business will struggle to survive.