Advice for hairdressers, barbers and similar establishments Click to get info
The Government has indicated that hairdressers and barbers can operate from the 4 July onwards providing that they are ‘Covid-secure’. In summary, this means that businesses may welcome customers, as long as they can operate safely.
In workplaces such as hairdressers and barbers, it is likely to be difficult to maintain social distancing. Accordingly, the person providing a service should wear further protection in addition to any that they might usually wear.
This should take the form of a clear visor that covers the face and provides a barrier between the wearer and the client from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking. Visors must fit the user and be worn properly. It should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face.
When wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands. Change and wash your face covering daily following manufacturers guidelines.
Risk assessments will need to be tailored to your specific business considering the nature, size and type of the business, how it’s organised, operated and managed.
You will need to discuss the assessment with your staff and ask what they think needs to be included and take onboard advice and guidance provided by the enforcing authorities
Actions and mitigation you should consider include:
- Operating an appointment-only system.
- Encouraging clients to use hand sanitiser or handwashing facilities as they enter the premises or before treatment.
- Calculating the maximum number of clients that can reasonably follow social distancing guidelines (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable, is acceptable) and limiting the number of appointments at any one time. T
- When booking an appointment, asking the client if they can attend on their own, where possible.
- Using outside spaces for queuing where available and safe, for example some car parks.
- Minimising contact between different workers while serving a client.
- Reviewing working practices to minimise the duration of contact with the client.
- Where extended treatments are undertaken, such as braiding, consider how the length of the appointment could be minimised.
- Limiting the use of changing facilities available to clients and only opening them when essential to providing a service, such as tanning studios.
- Encouraging clients to arrive at the time of their scheduled appointment. Maintaining social distancing in waiting areas when clients wait for their appointments.
- When waiting areas can no longer maintain social distancing, consider moving to a ‘one-in-one-out’ policy.
- Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency and to avoid touching your face, and to cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into your arm if a tissue is not available.
- To enable good hand hygiene, consider making hand sanitiser available on entry to toilets where safe and practical, and ensure suitable handwashing facilities including running water and liquid soap and suitable options for drying (either paper towels or hand driers) are available.
- Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets, with increased frequency of cleaning in line with usage.
- Keep the facilities well ventilated.
- Towels, shawls and covers need to be single use and cleaned before being re-used
This list is not comprehensive, further Government guidance on how to operate safely can be viewed here.
Guidance on risk assessments can be found here.
Fast-tracked pavement licenses for off-premises alcohol consumption Click to get info
Operators, whether or not they already hold a tables and chairs / pavement licence, may apply for a pavement licence to the local authority. This is effectively a "Fast Track" application process for pubs, wine bars, drinking establishments or other premises used for the sale of food or drink for consumption on or off the premises.
Pavement licences are presently granted primarily under Part 7A of the Highways Act 1980. The fee varies between local authorities. Waltham Forest have recently introduced a “Fast Track” process to assist businesses opening on the 4th July. The fast track process fee had been set at £115.00. This process may still be required pending the new process, which is unlikely to implemented in time for 4 July.
The new process contained in the Business and Planning Bill is broadly similar to the ‘Fast Track’ process now implemented by Street Trading. In their application, the applicant is required to provide details of the furniture to which the application relates, alongside other information or material as the local authority may require. The furniture which may be used is:
- Counters or stalls for selling or serving food or drink;
- Tables, counters or shelves on which food or drink can be placed;
- Chairs, benches or other forms of seating; and
- Umbrellas, barriers, heaters and other articles used in connection with the outdoor consumption of food or drink.
This furniture is required to be removable.
Examples of other information a local authority might require in the application include:
- Specify the premises and, the part of the relevant highway to which the application relates;
- Specify the purpose (or purposes) for which the furniture will be used which must be to sell or serve food or drink, and/or for use by other people for the consumption of food or drink. In both cases the food or drink must be supplied from, or in connection with relevant use of the premises;
- Specify the days of the week on which and the hours between which it is proposed to have furniture on the highway;
- Describe the type of furniture to which the application relates, for example: tables, chairs, and/or stalls;
- Specify the date on which the application is made;
- Contain or be accompanied by such evidence of public liability insurance in respect of anything to be done pursuant to the licence as the authority may require; and
- Contain or be accompanied by such other information or material as the local authority may require.
The local authority may grant the application subject to certain criteria (mainly the ability of non-vehicular traffic being able to use the highway). Licences can only be granted in respect of highways listed in section 115A(1) Highways Act 1980. Generally, these are footpaths restricted to pedestrians or are roads and places to which vehicle access is restricted or prohibited. Highways maintained by Network Rail or over the Crown land are exempt (so a licence cannot be granted).
If a local authority determines an application before the end of the determination period (which is 5 working days, beginning with the first day after the public consultation period, excluding public holidays) the authority can specify the duration of the licence, subject to a minimum duration of 3 months. The expectation is that local authorities will grant licences for 12 months or more unless there are good reasons for granting a licence for a shorter period such as plans for future changes in use of road space.
If the local authority does not determine the application before the end of the determination period, which is 5 working days beginning with the first day after the public consultation period (excluding public holidays), the licence is deemed to have been granted for a year (but not beyond 30 September 2021) and the business can place the proposed furniture such as tables and chairs within the area set out in the application for the purpose or purposes proposed.
The local authority may revoke a licence for various reasons, including:
- Risks to public health or safety;
- The highway is being obstructed; and/or
- There is anti-social behaviour or public nuisance – for example, the use is increasing the amount of noise generated late at night and litter is not being cleaned up.
Premises that are not currently authorised to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises at all (in other words “on sales only”) will be authorised to provide off sales until 30 September 2021 without the need to make any application to the licensing authority. Any restrictions on the licence are suspended in so far as they are inconsistent with this new authorisation for off sales.
Premises already authorised to sell alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises, the following conditions or types of conditions are suspended:
- Any conditions restricting the time when an off sale may be made (when the premises is also open for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises)
- Any condition that would prevent alcohol being sold in an open container (for example a condition requiring off sales to be in sealed containers only)
- Any condition that would prevent off sales where it is a sale for delivery
In effect, this means that any premises open for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises can also provide off sales in open containers for the same hours on-sales are permitted.
These permissions will continue until 30 September 2021 or until the permission is revoked or excluded.
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