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From 13 July: Close contact services, such as nail bars, salons, tanning booths, spas, massage parlours, tattoo parlours and body piercing studios, can open. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients, in line with government guidance.

And from 25 July: Sports facilities and venues, including such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, will open – subject to evidence closer to the time.

There is a whole lot of reading for us all to do and to get our heads round. But it is important to know the guidance and legislation as our insurance will be invalid if we step out of what we can legally return to. Above all, it is vital that we put the health and safety of our clients and wider community at the centre of all the re-opening decisions we make.

Here are all the updated guidance from the Government:

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  • Re-opening of therapy facilities (including mobile therapists) 
  • Gym and indoor sport facilities re-opening guidance. Note- the government have announced their re-opening with the caveat that it is subject to evidence closer to the time. We will all have to wait and see what this guidance entails.
  • Outdoor sport facilities
  • Guidance for personal trainers and coaches – note, this was updated 9th July and still states that trainers and coaches can still only have groups of 6 clients maximum…. other businesses are able to hold socially distanced and risk assessed gatherings of 30 max and so I am currently sourcing additional guidance from our insurance and Sport England/UK Active.

Re-opening tips:

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  • Read the guidance, and contact your insurance and professional association / governing body. Being fully informed is key.
  • Write up your risk assessments and hygiene procedures, and make sure you have the appropriate PPE. You should not reopen unless you are deemed ‘Covid secure’ by following reopening guidance from the government.
  • Clearly communicate with your clients what procedures you have in place for their and your safety.
  • Look at what ways you can continue providing your service online. Protect your business for the future.

One thing I am hugely thankful for is the support I have received from other business owners during lockdown; the optimism, the collaborative problem solving and the listening. It is something that I would like to continue so if you are a wellness, health or fitness professional please do join our free Business Hub Facebook group.

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