The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford) Regulations 2020 have today been updated and come into force today, to apply to the following ‘affected’ or ‘protected’ Blackburn wards —
- Audley and Queen’s Park,
- Bastwell and Daisyfield,
- Billinge and Beardwood,
- Blackburn Central (which includes the town centre)
- Little Harwood and Whitebirk,
- Roe Lee,
- Shear Brow and Corporation Park, and
- Wensley Fold
The confirmation of these amendments can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/898/contents/made
It means that the requirement to close (or keep closed) the following businesses applies in the above areas:-
- Dance halls, discotheques, and any other venue which—
(a) opens at night,
(b) has a dance floor or other space for dancing by members of the public (and for these purposes members of the venue in question are to be considered members of the public);
(c) provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
NB A business does not fall within this paragraph if it ceases to provide music and dancing.
- Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.
- Indoor skating rinks.
- Indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks.
- Indoor play areas, including soft play areas.
- Indoor fitness and dance studios (except for those for elite sportspeople and professional dancers and choreographers)
- Indoor gyms and sports courts and facilities (except as above)
- Bowling alleys.
- Conference centres and exhibition halls, so far as they are used to host conferences, exhibitions or trade shows other than conferences or events which are attended only by employees of the person who owns or is responsible for running the conference centre or exhibition hall.
NB For the purposes of this paragraph, a “trade show” is an event held to bring together members of a particular industry to display, demonstrate and discuss their latest products and services with members of the public.
You can find the full regulations here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/822/contents
The regulations say that the restrictions should be reviewed at least every 14 days, but the regulations have actually been issued/updated on 1 and 26 August.
The guidance around the local restrictions which was updated on 22 August, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/blackburn-with-darwen-oldham-pendle-local-restrictions
Regarding close contact services, the government advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart for all affected / protected areas:
- indoor performances (even with a social distanced audience)
- close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application’
The British Beauty Council, who advise that the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Safer Workplaces Directorate have come back to them to say, in relation to beauty salons providing solely or mainly higher risk (facial close contact services) and are not able to resume them:
‘I have checked and I am afraid at this time there is nothing new. However the Government has provided lots of support through schemes like furlough, CBILs, grants for small businesses etc and anyone in a local lockdown situation can still apply for these programmes.’
The British Beauty Council have said that if you are suffering extreme financial hardship, you can apply for financial support through the Beauty Backed campaign.