BEAUTY treatments such as facials and eyelash extensions have been banned for two more weeks, Boris Johnson has announced.
The Prime Minister has confirmed these close contact services won’t be available from tomorrow, August 1, as originally planned.
Instead, Brits who are desperate to get their eyebrows and eyelashes done will have to wait another two weeks.
These beauty treatments will now restart on August 15 at the earliest.
Mr Johnson slammed the brakes on easing the UK out of lockdown restrictions following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics today revealed the number of Covid-19 cases had increased with 35,700 people currently infected with the bug.
It comes after bombshell new coronavirus rules meant 4.5million people were placed back into lockdown in large swathes of areas in the north of England.
The Government revealed at 9.16pm that households in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire were banned from meeting each other indoors from midnight last night.
England has been hit with 846 new positive cases – the highest number in 32 days – adding to fears the country is facing a second wave of the virus.
As well as beauty treatments being pushed back, Mr Johnson has also delayed the reopening of leisure centres.
This includes skating rinks, casinos and bowling alleys, as well as socially-distanced theatres and music venues.
These businesses also won’t be allowed to reopen until August 15 at the earliest.
Speaking today, Mr Johnson said: “At every point I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional – that it relies on continued progress against the virus, and that we would not hesitate to put on the brakes if required.
“With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.”
Boris Johnson today announced:
Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be allowed as planned either – although couples can still get wed.
But Boris confirmed the back to work message from August 1 was still going ahead.
In addition, Brits will have to wear masks in more places too including cinemas and places of worship.
Currently, face masks are compulsory in shops, banks and post offices and on public transport.
Police can issue £100 fines for those caught breaking the rules.
Beauty salons were allowed to reopen on July 13 but beauticians were banned from offering close contact treatments.
This includes facials, eyebrow tinting, waxing and threading.
These treatments were banned because they require lots of time to be spent close to the face.
Experts say this could pose a hazard as splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present.
Beauticians will have to wear face shields while performing these treatments.
The new rules for beauty salons followed the reopening of hairdressers and barbers on July 4.
The delay comes after councils were given the power to implement “local lockdowns” in their districts to stop any outbreaks.
Days later, restrictions were place on Leicester on June 29 after a spike in Covid-19 infections.
A reopening date for nightclubs, strip clubs and childrens’ soft play areas still hasn’t been confirmed.