Tattoo studios have been closed since March 23rd 2020, since the lockdown we have had calls and emails asking when will tattoo studios reopen.
Classed as non-essential businesses tattoo studio were not included in the gradual reopening in June of retail businesses. Under government guidelines Tattoo Studios, Barbers, hairdressers, beauty and nail bars must remain closed until further notice.
All businesses must be Covid-Secure, tattoo studios already have strict procedure to follow which prevent cross contamination in their studios. At the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak tattoo studios were already putting hand sanitation stations near the entrance for customer to disinfect their hands when entering the studio. Upon re opening in addition to this customer are expected to be required to wear face masks.
Tattoo artists will be working by appointment only, (many already do this) and walk ins will have to phone first to see if there is a free appointment, browsing will be kept to a minimum with consultations encouraged to be done via social media.
With tattoo studio having now been closed for near on three month we advise those wishing to have a tattoo to contact their tattooist now to add their names to waiting lists for appointments and a consultation, a lot of tattooists are keeping busy drawing designs for customer ready for when they reopen.
This pandemic is said to have first appeared in the UK last January, there were reports of people getting a real bad flu like illness around this time that went on for weeks.
Following the news on March 20th 2020 the Government had shut schools restaurants, pubs, indoor entertainment venues and leisure centres. We were already wiping down all door handles with soapy water and bleach every time someone had entered the studio. Normal tattoo studio hygiene precautions cover just about everything except a pandemic like this.
The government announced a full lock down on March 23rd 2020. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/350/pdfs/uksi_20200350_en.pdf
Tattoo Studio’s will most likely be one of the last businesses that are allowed to reopen, there will be a new normal as the lock down is eased. Switzerland and Denmark have allowed tattoo studio’s to reopen, and face masks are required along with the normal gloves and hygiene precaution. MORE
Government Funding May Be Possible
If you are self-employed (either as an individual or in a partnership), you can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, for 3 months. This may be extended.
You may be eligible for this scheme if:
you’ve lost profits due to coronavirus
you’ve submitted your Self Assessment tax return for 2018 to 2019 tax year
you traded in 2019 to 2020 tax year
you are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
you intend to continue trading in 2020 to 2021 tax year
your trading profits have been no more than £50,000 for either 2018 to 2019 tax year, or as an average of last 3 financial years
your trading profits have been more than half of your total income for either 2018 to 2019 tax year, or as an average of last 3 financial years
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on coronavirus.
PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 10 May 2020
Further information regarding opening of businesses will be announced in the UK Parliament over the coming days. Earliest date for a phased opening of shops is June 1st with July being a possible time when the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing, will begin to open.
NHS England COVID-19 Information
World COVID-19 Information
Business Premises that must remain closed.
What cannot open from 4 July?
Nail bars and beauty salons
Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
Guideance on the opening of tattoo studios is oversean by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Tattoo Studios can open from Monday 13th July 2020
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