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I own a Sunbed shop and can social distance straight away via a booking system
Can I open now as I can socially distance

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Posted by Rebecca
Asked on 12th May 2020 12:01 pm
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Thank you for your question – it’s a very good one. I’ve reviewed all the guidance and found what I've set out below. The short answer is it would appear you can't re-open at this stage. The long answer as to why that would appear to be the case is set out below:

The government rules which apply from tomorrow still require people to stay at home as much as possible. The reasons you may leave home include ‘going to shops that are permitted to be open - to get things like food and medicine’. The only change set out in terms of retail appears to be that you can now go to a garden centre, so they can re-open from tomorrow (Wednesday 13 May).

When the lockdown was first introduced it was by way of ‘The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, and this provided that a person carrying on one of a specific list of businesses must cease to carry on that business or to provide that service. That list of businesses included ‘personal care’ businesses – Spas; Nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers; Massage parlours; Tattoo and piercing parlours.

Although sunbed shops / salons are not specifically mentioned, the regulations also set out that any person carrying out a business offering goods for sale or hire not set out in separate list must also cease to carry on that business unless its online, by telephone or by post. That list includes supermarkets, hardware stores and health and medical services.

The Government has set out this week that they are actively encouraging those that can return to work, to do so but only if their workplace is open, is allowed to be open, and it’s safe to do so. These ‘back to work’ guidelines apply to those in essential retail like: 'supermarkets, those in construction and manufacturing, those working in labs and research facilities, those administering takeaways and deliveries at restaurants and cafes, tradesmen, cleaners and others who work in people’s homes those who are facilitating trade or transport goods.' The government states that ‘Non-essential retail, restaurants, pubs, bars, gyms and leisure centres will remain closed.’

Under the government’s recovery strategy published yesterday, the intention for opening non-essential retail when and where it is safe to do so, and subject to those retailers being able to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines, is for this to happen in phases from 1 June. ‘All other sectors that are currently closed, including hospitality and personal care, are not able to re-open at this point because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher. The opening of such sectors is likely to take place in phases during step three’, which will take place no earlier than 4 July. The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care (such as hairdressers and beauty salons) hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation), public places (such as places of worship) and leisure facilities (like cinemas).

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Answered on 12th May 2020 5:34 pm
    I am still uncertain when I can officially open None essential retail is the first of June and because I am a Sunbed shop who has no direct contact with clients and can socially distance via a booking system, Does this mean I can open first of June?
    (Rebecca at 25th May 2020 8:57 am)
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      Thank you for your question Rebecca. We will endeavour to find out and get back to you with guidance as soon as possible.

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      Answered on 12th May 2020 12:33 pm
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