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Update 25th September 2020


New COVID SECURE measures from 24th September 2020. The Government has announced further measures to address the rising number of cases of Coronavirus in England. As a result additional rules have been put into effect for close contact services.

Face Covering guidance can be found in the appendix here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services#close-contact-appendix Type II face masks must be work by persons providing close contact services, this came into law on 24th September 2020

The Working Guidance for Close Contact Services which include tattooists, updated on 24th September 2020 can be found on this link. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

The collection of contact details and QR codes. This is now a legal requirement to collect customer, visitor and staff details. This is required for NHS Test and Trace. From 24th September a QR code must be displayed at each premises for visitors to check in. This link below will take you to a government page to create your QR code. https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster Use the following link for staff and customers to download the NHS Test and Trace app https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/


17th August 2020
A second government funding grant may be possible. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opened on 17th August 2020 for the second and final grant. Details on how to apply can be found on this link.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Update 19th July 2020
Cloth face coverings, even homemade masks made of the correct material, are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 - for the wearer and those around them - according to a new study from Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science.
https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-07-08-oxford-covid-19-study-face-masks-and-coverings-work-act-now

If someone comes into your tattoo studio with Coronavirus Covid-19 symptom.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

Contact tracing - protecting customer and visitor details.
https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protection-and-coronavirus-information-hub/contact-tracing-protecting-customer-and-visitor-details/
Update 16th July 2020

How to get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Update 15th July 2020

Some reassuring news that face mask can help reduce the spread of Covid - 19

Two hair stylists working in a hair salon in Springfield, Missouri were found positive for Covid -19 and they had continued to work whilst symptomatic with clients. 139 customers were tracked through contact tracing procedures and all of them tested negative.

Both stylist and customer wore masks. One stylist had spread Covid to the other during the time in the salon in between customers, when they had removed their masks.

This would indicate that masks serve a useful purpose in preventing spread of Covid-19
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6928e2.htm?s_cid=mm6928e2_e&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM32906
An earlier article from 15th April 2020 can be found here
https://academic.oup.com/ofid/article/7/4/ofaa131/5820544

Update 9th July 2020

Tattoo Studios can open from Monday 13th July 2020
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/digital-culture-media-and-sport-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-9-july-2020

Update 4th July 2020

Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID‑19)
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-reopening

Update 24th June 2020

Guidance on the opening of tattoo studios is overseen 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)
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

Update 23rd June 2020

What cannot open from 4 July?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53152416
Nail bars and beauty salons
Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours

Update 15th June 2020

Business Premises that must remain closed.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Update 20th May 2020

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
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Update 10th May 2020

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
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/World COVID-19 Information
World COVID-19 Information
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Update 20th April 2020

Government Funding May Be Possible

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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

Government Funding
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses

Update 26th March 2020

COVID-19 and Tattoo Studio’s in the UK

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. Here's what you need to know.
http://x.email.ukti.gov.uk/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=28eb6029b9931a62022d295abd601210

Update 24th March 2020

When will tattoo studios open?

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.

The situation may change so be sure to check Goverment websites for latest information.