Lifting of Covid restrictions in England

Lifting of Covid restrictions in England

With the Prime Minister easing restrictions on our lives from 19 July in England, this is indeed great news following the nightmare we have had to live through these past 16 months…. or is it?
 
Everyone will have their own opinion on this and many think that some restrictions should have stayed in place a little longer given the increase in the Delta variant that is spreading throughout the UK.
 
The message from Government is they want us all to take ‘personal responsibility’ to protect ourselves and others moving forward, and this may cause confusion to many as to what they should continue to do, and what is still necessary?
 
Boris Johnson MP was very clear in his statement today, the 12 July, that the pandemic is not over and that we must all proceed with absolute caution.
 
Clearly, the dictate from Government has come to an end, so how does our industry move forward safely, continuing to look after the health, safety and hygiene of our customers and staff?
 
There is no specific answer to this, as has been said, it is up to us as to how we proceed. However, the virus is not predictable and therefore we have to make a judgement, based upon measured decisions as to what we think we should continue to do once the restrictions are lifted on the 19 July.
 
We have always had an obligation under ‘duty of care’ to ensure the risk assessment of our business reflects the importance we place on the health, safety and hygiene of our businesses, premises, customers and staff and as such following the Prime Ministers statement, this ‘duty of care’ should still be uppermost in our minds.
The last thing our sector needs is any further lockdowns, so taking care now and in the future is extremely important.
 
Here are some suggestions we think you should consider, but what you choose to do is entirely your decision. 

  • Continue to ventilate your premises as you have been doing. 
  • Cleaning the workstations between customers is continuing ‘good practice’, 
  • Whilst up keeping the importance of washing hands regularly should also be continued.
  • Continuing to wear facemasks whilst looking after customers and whilst in the salon/barbershop environment will really help to keep everyone much safer.

 
However, please consider your customers and your staff, their thoughts and concerns before deciding on how you proceed post 19 July. The devolved nations will make their own decisions on the lifting of restrictions in their countries and we are awaiting confirmation on these later in the week.
 
Whatever you decide to do, please ensure your ‘risk assessment’ is up to date to reflect your decisions from 19 July, this document will continue to be extremely important in the on going running of your business and the protection of your staff and customers.
 
We are an industry that throughout the pandemic has always wanted to do ‘the right thing’ and whilst legislation will no longer be in place, we as hair and barber professionals still need to be cautious in the way we move out of the rule of law and into us all taking personal responsibility extremely seriously.
 
My very best wishes to you all,
Keith
Keith Conniford
Registrar – The Hair and Barber Council