Covid-19: Useful Information for Salons

31st Mar 2020 | By
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With the ever-changing information out there about coronavirus, it can be overwhelming to know what to do, especially if you’re self-employed or run a small salon business. From closing your business to help with paying wages, we’ve rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions to keep you up-to-date with the latest news.

When can I re-open my salon or beauty business?

Salons in the Republic of Ireland were able to reopen on Monday 29th June and Northern Ireland followed on 6th July. Hairdressers in England were able to reopen on 4th July. On 9th July, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that hairdressers in Scotland would be able to reopen from Wednesday 15th July, while beauty salons can reopen on Wednesday 22nd July – both subject to enhanced hygiene measures being in place. In England and Wales, beauty salons are awaiting confirmation on when they will be able to reopen.

Where can I find the latest government updates about the beauty sector?

The National Hair & Beauty Federation are well-established as the largest authoritative voice of the UK hairdressing, barbering & beauty sector. They have been updating the sector regularly on all of the latest government news & info. You can stay in the know with their latest updates by following them on Facebook or Instagram.

What support is available for self-employed people unable to work because of coronavirus?

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the government is launching a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme. This is a taxable grant worth 80% of average profits over the last 3 years, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The fund is open to those who make the majority of their earnings from self-employment. It’s only available to those with a tax return for 2019; those who missed the deadline have an additional 4 weeks to submit. This scheme is now up-and-running. The fund will cover you for 3 months and may be extended, if necessary. For more information or to make a claim, head to the GOV UK website.

The government also announced a ‘Bounce Back Loan’ – allowing small businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. You can find out more here and apply for this loan here.

I’m struggling to keep up with the latest coronavirus news. What can I do?

The government are doing daily updates via BBC news, but if you don’t have access to watch or are just struggling to take it all in, follow @simplepolitics on Instagram. They post simple, bitesize chunks of the latest news and make it really clear to understand. Be sure to keep up with BBC News and Gov UK when you can, too. For beauty industry related news, the British Beauty Council and the NHBF are good sources of information. 

What is statutory sick pay and how do I know if I’m entitled to it?

If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus, you may be eligible for statutory sick pay. You can check your eligibility here.

What are furloughed workers?

Furlough is a leave of absence granted by an employer. Furloughed workers are those that are currently unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UK government have set up the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to pay the wages of furloughed workers to avoid redundancies. The scheme has been extended until the end of October, for another 4 months. Head over to NHBF’s website for more information on the extension period. For more information on the scheme, please see below:

What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how can I apply?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme set up by the UK government to support employers whose operations have been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a temporary scheme in place since 1st March 2020, which has now been extended until the end of October. It allows employers to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage, up to £2,500 a month. To find out if you are eligible to apply, head to GOV.UK.

What are my rights as an employer or business during the coronavirus pandemic?

The latest government advice for businesses during this time can be found here.

What are my rights as an employee during the coronavirus pandemic?

The latest government advice for employees during this time can be found here.

What is the difference between social distancing and self isolating?

The current advice from the government is that we should all be socially distancing, regardless of how we’re feeling. This is to slow the spread of the virus, protect the most vulnerable in society and take the burden off the NHS. This involves staying at home where possible (only leaving for essential food supplies or health reasons) and staying 2 metres away from others when out in public. For guidance on social distancing, head to GOV UK.

If you are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who displays symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 7 days. Full information on this can be found on the GOV UK website.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The main symptoms of covid-19 are a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature. If you are displaying any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately. Be sure to read the current NHS advice on covid-19.

All information correct as of 09/07/20. We will work to ensure this document is updated with the latest information. If you have any further questions, please leave them in the comments below and we will do our best to answer them.

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