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COVID-19 Useful Information

COVID-19 Useful Information

With so much COVID-19 advice, it’s hard to navigate through everything without feeling overwhelmed. Whether you’re searching for the latest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, or simply wondering what support has been offered to small businesses and the self-employed, it’s hard to know where to begin.

To make things a little easier, we thought we’d round up an advice ‘hub’ area. Here, you’ll find links to helpful, useful information that will keep you updated and hopefully answer any questions you may have during this difficult time.

Let’s all work together to stay safe.

How many confirmed cases of COVID-19 are there in the UK?

If you want to keep up to date with the current number of cases for the virus, head to the GOV.UK website for the correct figures.

What are the Coronavirus symptoms and what should I do if I have them?

For a full breakdown of common symptoms and how to respond if you or someone you live with has symptoms, head over to the NHS website. 

What is ‘social distancing’ and why do we need to do it?

As it stands, the government has advised that we should be social distancing (regardless of whether we feel well or not) in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Not sure what that means? Read the full guide here.

What is ‘self-isolating’ and why do we need to do it?

Whilst you may not have symptoms, it’s incredibly important to self-isolate if you have been in contact with (or live with someone) who has shown symptoms for COVID-19. You can read the full guidance for what self-isolating is and how to do it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

What is Statutory Sick Pay and how do I know if I’m entitled to it?

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for SSP. You can check your eligibility here.

What is the current guidance for employees, employers and businesses for COVID-19?

The GOV.UK website is the best source of up-to-date guidance during this time.

When will my salon / business close?

On Saturday 31 October, the UK Government announced there will be a second national lockdown in England, which will come into effect from Thursday 5 November and last until 2 December. All personal care businesses will be forced to close, including beauty salons, spas and hairdressers. For more information on new restrictions to close contact services, visit GOV.UK.

Keep up to date with the British Beauty Council on their website: https://britishbeautycouncil.com/index.php/british-beauty-blog/

How can I look after my employees during this time?

During this time, your employees might have a lot of questions you may be finding difficult to answer. For a full break down of advice on the Frequently Asked Questions your employees may be asking, head over to NHBF’s website. 

What support is in place for the self-employed?

The UK Government recognises the continued impact that COVID-19 has on the self-employed. If you are self-employed, for more information on what support is available to you, please visit GOV.UK. You can also visit NHBF’s website to find out more about what support is in place for the self-employed.

How can I ensure my business is fully COVID secure?

For guidance and support on how to ensure your salon / mobile business is fully COVID secure, we recommend you take our Back To Beauty: COVID-19 Hygiene & Safety Course or visit the close contact services guidance at GOV.UK.