Advice regarding Coronavirus containment measures



From Tomorrow, Saturday 15 August 2020​, Beauty Therapists can resume all treatments on the face of the client and Massage Therapists can resume facial Massage

Please see the following link




Practitioners of Massage and other complementary therapies can return to work from 22 July 2020, but can currently only work from their own premises. Please follow the Scottish government guidelines for returning to work which can be viewed on following link





Therapists in Wales should be able to return to work on 27th July. A final decision will depend on the health conditions at the time and the necessary preparations being in place.




All therapists returning to work will need to undertake a risk assessment. This involves identifying any potential risks with regard to coronavirus within the working environment and within the process of the treatment being given, once identified, the therapist should ensure that they do all they possibly can to minimise the risk to both the client and themselves.

The current government guidance in England is as follows



  • Practical guidelines to allow more beauty businesses, including tattoo studios, nail bars and spas, to reopen for some services from 13 July
  • businesses must be able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines developed in consultation with the beauty industry to reopen, protecting customers and workers
  • only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients

Beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, physical therapy businesses and spas across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13 July under new government plans, announced today (9 July).

Updated COVID-19 secure guidance sets out the measures that those providing close contact services should follow to protect staff and customers. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients. This means that treatments such as face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facial treatments, should not be provided until government advice changes, due to the much greater risk of transmission.

Where 2 metre social distancing cannot be maintained, for example when providing a treatment, the person providing the service should wear further protection in addition to any that they may usually wear. This should be a clear visor that covers the face, or the use of a screen or other barrier that protects the practitioner and the customer from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking.

The government has worked with a range of stakeholders in the beauty industry to develop the measures close contact services will need to consider to become COVID-19 secure, including:

  • using screens or barriers to separate clients from each other, and to separate practitioners from clients, such as in nail salons
  • operating an appointment-only booking system to minimise the number of people on the premises at any one time
  • keeping the activity time involved to a minimum
  • increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning, as well as regularly cleaning equipment or using disposable equipment where possible
  • avoiding skin to skin contact and wearing gloves where it is not crucial to the service, such as in nail bars and tanning salons
  • maintaining sufficient spacing between customer chairs
  • not allowing food or drink, other than water, to be consumed in the salon by customers
  • making sure a limited and fixed number of workers work together, if they have to be in close proximity to do their jobs

Business Secretary, Alok Sharma said:

We have been clear throughout this crisis that we want as many businesses as possible to reopen, but we must be confident it is safe for them to do so.

From Monday 13 July thousands more businesses which offer close contact services like nail and beauty salons will be able to welcome customers back in a way that is safe for both workers and the public.

Enabling these often small, independent businesses to reopen is yet another step in our plan to kickstart the economy to support jobs and incomes across the country.

The guidance also applies to businesses that operate in different locations, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.

Businesses will need to keep records of staff and customers and share these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

Employers should display a downloadable notice in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors to their workplace, that they have followed this guidance.



It has been announced today that all therapists in England will be able to return to work on Monday 13th July. All IPTI members in England who are practitioners, students and teachers of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Beauty Therapy and Nail Technicians will be able to return to work on Monday 13th July.

Fitness and Exercise Professionals and Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi Instructors will be able to return to work indoors  in England from Saturday 25th July.



It has been announced that all close contact businesses can resume work in Northern Ireland from 6 July 2020. This includes all Complementary Therapies, Spas, Nail Treatments, Beauty Therapy and Hairdressers.




As you are aware massage and other physical therapists are still not allowed to return to work yet, however the government advice regarding who can return to work is actually quite clear and although they have referred to all massage and physical therapists under the heading of massage parlours (which is not very good), where they say massage parlours they mean all massage and physical therapists


The guidance for this can be found on the website at


We are hoping that when pubs and restaurants etc have been open for a couple of weeks, and there is not an increase in coronavirus cases, all therapists will then be allowed to return to work, when you do return to work you will need to follow the new government guidelines aimed at close contact service providers, these can be found at the following link


There is also a certificate within the guidelines that you can print off, sign and put up in your treatment room to let your clients know you are complying with government guidelines


The Prime Minister has made an announcement today which doesn’t really help most IPTI members with regard to returning to work. Hairdressers can return, Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Instructors can still work outdoors, but a move indoors is still not allowed. Physical therapists are still not permitted to work one to one with clients so massage in its various forms is still not allowed.

If members work in areas where physical contact is not required such as hypnotherapy, counselling etc. then work can be undertaken at a distance of one to two metres with the therapist and the client using face coverings and the use of enhanced hygiene measures.

Pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels, cinemas, art galleries, museums, theatres and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be ease,  people should remain 2m apart where possible but a "one metre plus" rule will be introduced.


We hope that in a couple of weeks, if the infection rate does not rise significantly, all physical therapists will be able to return to the work we so badly need.


UPDATE 19/05/20​




IPTI members will be keen to return to work as soon as the UK government says it is safe to do so, preparing now will make it easier when the time comes so here are some guidelines to help you plan changes to the way you work to protect yourself and your clients.


When you return to work additional hygiene measures will need to be implemented. You will already clean everyday items used as part of your work such as couches, towels and equipment, but thought should also be given to additional cleaning for everything in the treatment room that a client may come into contact with, such as chairs, doorbells, door handles and many other items. This cleansing will need to be done between each and every client and be as thorough as possible.


Advice will no doubt be provided by the UK government and the NHS as to what additional measures may be required, but they are likely to include the use of face masks for the therapist and the client, regular and prolonged washing of hands, the use of hand sanitiser and /or disposable gloves , where possible have a window open to provide ventilation, the wearing of a plastic disposable apron and the removal of any items from the treatment room which are not absolutely necessary. Further measures may also be suggested before a return to work is possible these and could be updated as more therapists return to work.


Please remember that you are unable to return to work until you are advised that you can by your government and that guidelines over and above the ones listed here may well be necessary. Check the UK government advice at

This advice is updated regularly so keep checking!


UPDATE 12/05/20


Looking at the latest information from the government it is looking likely that Hairdressers, Beauty Therapists and Physical Therapists working in England may be able to resume work from 4th July at the earliest, provided that the infection rate is still falling!

This will be subject to therapists meeting the governments five tests - which will be revealed closer to the time. These tests will no doubt included increased hygiene requirements.

As soon as we are made aware of the five tests, we will let members know on our Facebook page and here on our website




With regard to the phased return to work hinted at by our Prime Minister, please find our guidelines below for physical therapists

The government have stated catagorically that social distancing must still be adhered to by all, this means that any physical therapy (massage, reflexology etc) can not currently be practiced, so an early return to work is not possible

When the government either states that hairdressers and therapists etc are able to return to work, or states that with regard to returning to work, social distancing can be replaced with the use of face masks and stringent hygiene measures, then physical therapists can return to work

Further updates will follow when more information is available






Self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus, the chancellor has announced.

The money - up to a maximum of £2,500 a month - will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

Rishi Sunak told the self-employed: "You have not been forgotten."

Wage subsidies of 80% for salaried employees were announced last week.

The government had faced criticism for failing to provide support for self-employed and freelance workers in its earlier package of economic measures.

Mr Sunak said the steps taken so far were "already making a difference" but it was right to go further "in the economic fight against the coronavirus".

  • Self-employed people will be able to apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month.
  • At least half their income needs to have come from self-employment as registered on the 2018-19 tax return filed in January - anyone who missed the filing deadline has four weeks from now to get it done and still qualify.
  • The scheme is open to those who earn under £50,000 a year - up to 3.8 million of the 5 million people registered as self-employed.
  • Unlike the employee scheme, the self-employed can continue to work as they receive support.
  • The money, backdated to March, will arrive directly into people's banks accounts from HMRC, but not until June.
  • The grants will be taxable, and will need to be declared on tax returns by January 2022.
  • Company owners who pay themselves a dividend are not covered.




I am sure that everyone is fully aware that we are now in lockdown which means no social interaction whatsoever and this included meetings of any kind in person with clients

Congratulations to all IPTI members who have managed to adapt the way they can work to take advantage of the fact that our policy can now cover work undertaken over skype or other similar platforms

I wish everybody all the best and we hope to interact fully at the conclusion of these worrying times!


Treating clients face to face is now not an option under the latest advice from our government as we head towards complete lockdown. We hope to see you all on the other side!


Always follow the current guidlines issued by the government with regard to coronavirus and bear in mind that these seem to change on a daily basis!




The IPTI policy has always had an exlusion within the policy regarding working via skype or other similar platforms, so memebrs would not have been covered for this type of work


Due to government recommendations that wherever possible people should try to work from home, we have had the exclusion deleted from the policy so memebrs can now work over skype eetc and will be covered under the IPTI policy



IPTI recommends that all members follow the advice of the UK government with regard to social interaction during this period of uncertainty


Currently these are



Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Published 16 March 2020


Background and Scope of Guidance

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting - guidance is available at residential care setting

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; 3.Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  3. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  4. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  5. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days. You can find the full guidance at stay at home

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