One in four living rooms have been forced to close temporarily due to current self-isolation rules, according to the results of a new National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) survey.
Following a recent increase in the number test and trace notifications, the NHBF survey of 2,500 hairstyling and beauty companies showed that because staff must isolate themselves or care for others must isolate themselves:
- Almost 25% of salons had to close them temporarily.
- Around 30% of salons faced staff shortage issues in the past month
- About 83% of shows had few to more cancellations each week.
Due to the financial impact these closures have on businesses, the NHBF is appealing to the government for more financial assistance.
NHBF Managing Director Richard Lambert said: “Right now, companies are not getting any financial help to ‘do the right thing’ by shutting down, and we therefore call on the government to provide this support to prevent these. salons to go bankrupt.
“The likelihood of being ‘bugged’ by test and trace is also likely to increase from July 19 until the rules change on August 16, and this still only applies to those who have been double vaccinated We need a confirmed schedule for when a five-day daily test system (and can be released normally for each day your test is negative) will be introduced.
“Our industry primarily employs people between the ages of 16 and 44, which includes a large number of people who are not yet doubly vaccinated and likely will not be for several months.”
The NHBF poll took place on Instagram in the first week of July.
The results were released on ‘Freedom Day’ (July 19), the day restrictions on wearing face coverings and social distancing were lifted in England.
While it is no longer mandatory for salons and spas to use face coverings, many beauty and spa professionals have told us that they will continue to use masks for the foreseeable future, one the main reasons being to reduce the probability of staff or clients being invited to self-isolate after a salon appointment.