What will happen with tanning salons after the coronavirus lockdown?

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Hairdressers, barbers and beauty parlours across the UK are still waiting to reopen since shutting their doors in March.

After seven weeks of speculation, the government finally released their exit roadmap on Sunday - which indicated salons may not be permitted to welcome back clientele until summer.

Barbers, stylists and beauticians are all bunched under the "personal care" category of business - which are deemed "higher risk" given how staff are in close proximity to customers (creating a hotbed for virus transmission).

However, information around tanning lounges is less clear.

Some have been arguing for sun bed facilities to open in Phase Two of the exit plan, rather than in Phase Three with bars, restaurants and personal care companies.

The Sunbed Association is keeping a close eye on updates to support those working in the tanning industry; confirming this week that all shops should remain shut until at least 1 June.

Membership bodies have emphasised the importance of safety first, with the National Hair & Beauty Federation suggesting that reopening in July "is the right course of action."

However, others believe that it is time for sun bed shops to reopen.

A petition has even be launched on Change.org campaigning for Boris Johnson to lift the ban on tanning salons given how these facilities promote "health and wellbeing".

More than 150 people have signed in support.

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Fake tan sales have slowed during lockdown as people have largely stayed indoors, although personal care businesses are expecting a mass rush as soon as the government confirms it is safe for salons to reopen.

Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to fall in the UK, but numbers will need to dwindle further for the PM to give the all-clear to non-essential businesses - tanning salons included.

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