Salon reopening 'a welcome step' on way back to normality, says MP

A Black Country MP has hailed the decision to reopen beauty salons, describing the people who run them as "capitalists at their finest".

Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb
Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb

Suzanne Webb called for the reopening of nail bars and beauty salons during a speech in the House of Commons last week, ahead of a Government announcement on the continued easing of lockdown measures.

Beauty salons, tanning shops and tattooists have been allowed to reopen today, with some limitations in place, while gyms and indoor swimming pools will be allowed to let customers return later this month.

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Stourbridge MP Ms Webb said: "I am delighted that the Government has listened to the industry as well as calls from myself and colleagues to allow the safe reopening of beauty salons as quickly as they have.

"Whilst it is only a limited reopening to start, this is a welcome step towards those businesses getting back to normal."

Speaking in Parliament last week, the Conservative MP welcomed described the Chancellor's plan to save jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as "bold and decisive",

She said it would help achieve her "number one priority" as an MP of "protecting jobs", and praised the new kick-start scheme, which she said "will give 16 to 24-year-old youths the best possible chance".

Calling for nail bars and beauty salons to reopen, Ms Webb said: "They are often run by people who have been on traineeships themselves and who now run their own businesses, proving that traineeships work – they are capitalists at their finest and of the future."

Beauty salons and nail bars have been allowed to reopen today, but with strict new procedures in place.

A number of treatments have been banned, such as facial treatments – including piercings – and microblading.

The restrictions have prompted criticism from many salon owners, who say the measures will hammer their revenue.

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