On May 10th 2020 PM Boris Johnson laid out the roadmap to easing lockdown. However this only covers England as the devolved administrations of Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland are taking their own routes out of lockdown.
We know that tattoo studios being classified as a personal service industry will have to keep their doors closed until Step 3 which begins on July 4th at the earliest and pending review.
However there is somewhat of a grey area, according to the official wording on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy
“Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to re-open safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part. Nevertheless the Government will wish to open as many businesses and public places as the data and information at the time allows.”
Tattooing requires us to make direct contact with others, meaning it is impossible for us to work and “enact distancing”. There may be ways to make up for this with PPE however guidelines and clarification are yet to be published on how this may be achieved.
In conclusion July 4th is the current date for the beginning of step 3 and could well be but is not guaranteed to be when tattoo studios in England can reopen. This is heavily dependent on the success of step 2 the subsequent review and further guidance/clarification on how we may operate safely.
Written by Kevin McNulty
May 28th 2020
Today the Government announced reduction of social distancing rules to 1metre plus from 2metres. As well as this they announced that some more businesses including hair dressers & barbers could open from July 4th. However tattoo & piercing studios were not included for reopening on this date. Please see below a list of businesses which are and aren’t allowed to open from July 4th.