NHBF members feel prepared for re-opening

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Three-quarters of Members feel prepared for reopening when safe to do so, says NHBF.

A recent survey of 1600 NHBF Members have shown that over three quarters (77%) feel “very well-prepared” or “as well-prepared as they could be” for reopening when it is safe to do so. Only 8% said they have not yet started preparing for reopening.

The NHBF released its ‘Back to business’ guidelines for hair salons, barbershops and beauty salons last week, which has proved to be a useful resource to 96% of respondents. The aim was to help business owners use the time they have now to prepare for reopening, whenever that may be.

The NHBF, together with other industry bodies, took part in a hair and beauty sector-specific round table meeting with Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business last week. It is also contributing to ongoing technical working group meetings to help the government develop guidelines for ‘close proximity working’ which covers the hair and beauty industries.

Hilary Hall, NHBF chief executive said, “Many industry bodies and brands have already produced guidelines which are broadly similar. We have shared these with the UK Government, Welsh Government and Scottish Government, as these guidelines show there is widespread agreement about how hygiene and cleanliness and social distancing can work for salons and barbershops. Clear government advice on this will be very welcome for business owners to know exactly what is required of them to reopen and operate safely.” The ‘Back to business’ guidelines are available to view online at www.nhbf.co.uk. For more information and FAQs, please visit www.nhbf.co.uk/coronavirus and follow the National Hair & Beauty Federation on social at @nhbfsocial