Hairdressers, pubs and restaurants to reopen from 4 July

Hairdressers and the hospitality sector will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, but it will be a different experience.  Here we report on the main changes you can expect.

The new Government guidance sets out a range of measures for hairdressers, pubs and restaurants to become COVID-19 secure, including:

  • Customers to give their contact details on arrival
  • Requiring use of table service where possible instead of ordering at the bar and assigning a single staff member per table
  • Encouraging use of contactless ordering from tables where available, such as through an app
  • Discouraging non-essential trips by staff within venues, such as between the kitchen and front of house, by using radios and other electronic devices to communicate
  • Encouraging customers to use hand sanitiser or handwashing facilities as they enter the venue
  • Limiting contact between staff and customers
  • Providing clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene as people arrive on the premises, with signage and visual aids

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

We know this pandemic has been particularly hard for people working in hairdressing and hospitality. Allowing pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to open will be another step in our plan to kickstart our economic recovery in a safe manner.

The guidance we have set out provides clear, practical steps businesses can take to open in a way that is as safe as possible for workers and customers.

Separate guidance has been published for hairdressers, which states that a clear visor should be worn by the person providing the service, covering the face and providing a barrier between the wearer and the customer from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking.

Other close contact services such as beauty salons will not be able to open on 4 July.

The government is also consulting with industry on how businesses should record customer information to help keep customers and employees safe and support the new test and trace system.