Coronavirus: Safety guidance for close contact services

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Guidance and checklist to help those providing close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers, beauty, tattoo, sports and massage therapy to continue to operate safely

From 26 July, close contact services can operate without appointments and have overlapping appointments.

The Department for the Economy (DfE) has published guidance and a checklist to help close contact services to operate safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. This information aims to help businesses to ensure they are operating safely and within Northern Ireland legislation.

What are close contact services?

Close contact services are defined as including hairdressing, barbering, beauty, aesthetics, nails, make-up, tattoo, tanning, spa, sports and massage therapy, well-being and holistic locations, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

What the guidance covers

The guidance is also designed for those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes, delivering the close contact services detailed above in allied sectors such as the arts or entertainment, those in retail environments, as well as those studying hair and beauty in vocational training environments.

Topics covered by the guidance include:

  • thinking about risk
  • keeping your clients and visitors safe
  • who should go to work
  • social distancing for workers
  • cleaning the workplace
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings
  • workforce management
  • inbound and outbound goods

Access the working safely guidance for close contact services.

Working safely checklist

A close contact checklist template accompanies the guidance and aims to guide businesses through the process of providing a service within an environment that is safe for staff and customers.

Download the checklist for providing close contact services (PDF, 447K)

First published 30 September 2020