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Chambers respond to the further easing of lockdown restrictions in the leisure, arts and beauty sectors
Businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely from Monday 13 July. Whilst outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July
Commenting on the government’s announcement that some firms in England in the leisure, arts and beauty sectors will be allowed to reopen, Nova Fairbank, Head of Policy for Norfolk Chambers said:
“Businesses in the leisure and beauty industries and many in the arts sector will be relieved to finally have a timetable for reopening and can now plan for the future.
“With changes to the furlough scheme coming at the beginning of next month, a provisional timetable for reopening is still required for firms that remain fully or partially closed and face tough decisions on the viability of their business.
“Firms given the green light to reopen will be taking a safe, proportionate and risk-based approach to returning to work, in close consultation with their staff. For many this will be an entirely new way of operating as they apply guidance to the on the ground realities of their business.
“HSE and local authorities should support businesses as they seek to comply with the new rules - and reserve new enforcement powers for the tiny minority of businesses who are wilfully disobeying or ignoring their obligations.”