Face covering guidance for Scottish salons updated

Clients in Scottish salons will no longer be required to wear facemasks during facial treatments from Monday (31st May).

Lifting of restrictions for clients means that therapists will need to wear a Type IIR face mask and a face visor or goggles whilst performing treatments, confirmed Kate Forbes MSP, the Cabinet Secretary Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy.

The Scottish government has been lobbied to change its facemask guidance by several industry organisations including the British Beauty Council, NHBF, UK Spa Association and BABTAC.

Helena Grzesk, COO of The British Beauty Council and UKSA Policy Consultant, comments: 

“It's fabulous news for the hundreds of make-up artists and beauty practitioners in Scotland who have endured a very tough and challenging year. They have been unable to work due to the existing face covering requirements. Naturally, we are delighted that the Scottish government listened and took the time to review the beauty industry's call to allow clients to temporarily remove face coverings to receive a treatment.”

An update to the current guidance for close contact services is due to be published shortly.