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Customers today are scrambling to book last-minute appointments after Boris Johnson gave beauty salons the green light to reopen.    

The struggling industry was given a shot in the arm as the Prime Minister last night announced that salons could finally reopen this weekend. 

After five months without treatments, customers are now racing to book long-overdue appointments for eyelash extensions, eyebrow threading, facials and waxing.

Many have hit out the PM for the eleventh hour announcement, complaining that they are now unable to reschedule treatments at such short notice. 

Customers are now racing to book long-overdue appointments for eyelash extensions, eyebrow threading, facials and waxing

Customers are now racing to book long-overdue appointments for eyelash extensions, eyebrow threading, facials and waxing

Though the move is good news for customers and workers alike, some salon owners have pointed out they are still unable to reopen as their towns remain in localised lockdowns

Though the move is good news for customers and workers alike, some salon owners have pointed out they are still unable to reopen as their towns remain in localised lockdowns

Though the move is good news for customers and workers alike, some salon owners have pointed out they are still unable to reopen as their towns remain in local lockdowns.  

One customer tweeted: ‘Beauty salons can offer close contact services again from Saturday…why is this being announced on a Thursday night? Do they think appointments just come out of thin air?’

Another added: ‘I pushed my eyelash extensions appointment back to September earlier today.’ 

Tattoo studios, beauty salons, spas and hairdressers will all be able to offer additional services from Saturday, including front of face treatments such as eyebrow threading.

Facials, eyelash treatments and the application of make-up will also be permitted alongside Botox injection and beard trimming.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said allowing these services would ‘give these often small, independent businesses a much-needed boost as we progress with our plan to kickstart the economy to protect jobs and incomes.’

However, workplaces must still remain Covid-19 secure, with regular cleaning and hand washing taking place.

The struggling industry was given a shot in the arm as the Prime Minister last night announced that salons could finally reopen this weekend

The struggling industry was given a shot in the arm as the Prime Minister last night announced that salons could finally reopen this weekend

Skin care guru Caroline Hirons penned an impassioned letter to the Prime Minister asking for the government to open beauty clinics on August 15

Skin care guru Caroline Hirons penned an impassioned letter to the Prime Minister asking for the government to open beauty clinics on August 15

The move comes after the beauty industry issued a rallying plea urging Boris Johnson to reopen the sector as it continues to lose millions of pounds and countless job losses. 

Skin care guru Caroline Hirons penned an impassioned letter to the Prime Minister asking for the government to open beauty clinics on August 15. 

The letter, delivered to Downing Street on Wednesday night, called on the government to give the green light for salons to reopen as staff have been left for five months without an income.   

Labour MP Carolyn Harris told MailOnline that the sector had been ‘forgotten’ amid the pandemic with workers ‘left adrift and financially in ruin’. 

After a rise in Covid-19 infections at the end of July, and with less than 24 hours’ notice, Boris Johnson announced he was back-pedalling on his plan to allow a number of businesses, including the remaining parts of the beauty industry, to reopen on August 1. 

He said he was ‘squeezing the brake pedal’ on lifting coronavirus restrictions further.

The letter, delivered to Downing Street last night, calls on the government to give the green light for salons to reopen as staff have been left for five months without an income

The letter, delivered to Downing Street last night, calls on the government to give the green light for salons to reopen as staff have been left for five months without an income

The PM said the scheduled August 1 return of casinos, bowling alleys and close contact services like beauticians would be pushed back to August 15 ‘at the earliest’. 

Caroline Hirons’ Beauty Backed initiative calling for a government u-turn had the support of MPs, the British Beauty Council, beauty brands and retailers and makeup artists.

The beauty sector contributes nearly £30 billion annually to the UK economy alone with 370,000 people – or one in every 60 jobs – employed by the industry. 

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