Can tattoo shops open during lockdown?

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Tattoo shops are among several businesses in England which may be impacted by the new Government guidance issued by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, January 4. People are now only permitted to leave their homes for essential reasons such as attending medical appointments, for worship or for activities related to moving house. But can tattoo shops open during lockdown?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson mandated millions of Britons “stay at home” warning the coming weeks will be the “hardest yet”.

Mr Johnson announced the third national coronavirus lockdown in England on January 4 requiring English residents to remain at home except for a defined list of essential reasons.

The England lockdown has been implemented in a bid to prevent the continued surge in cases to avoid the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

The PM will address the nation in a Covid press conference on Tuesday at 5pm.

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Mr Johnson attributed the rise in the rate of cases to the new Covid variant which is highly transmissible.

The Prime Minister said: “I want to say to everyone right across the United Kingdom that I know how tough this is, I know how frustrated you are, I know that you have had more than enough of Government guidance about defeating this virus. But now more than ever, we must pull together.”

He added: “The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but I really do believe that we are entering the last phase of the struggle.

“Because with every jab that goes into our arms, we are tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.

“And, thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight and we know exactly how we will get there.

“But for now, I am afraid, you must once again stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Can tattoo shops open in lockdown?

Tattoo shops are not permitted to remain open during the third national lockdown in England.

Tattoo shops and parlours will be unable to open until the national lockdown comes to an end.

As yet, the Government has not confirmed a reopening date for personal care facilities.

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Until the Government’s mass vaccination programme has seen the top four priority groups vaccinated, it is unlikely tattoo shops will reopen.

During his lockdown announcement speech, Mr Johnson said the lockdown would end “By the middle of February if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails”.

However, on Tuesday, January 5, Mr Gove suggested easing could begin from March.

He told Sky News: “We will keep these constantly under review but you are absolutely right, we can’t predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions in the week commencing February 15-22.

“What we will be doing is everything that we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated so that we can begin to progressively lift restrictions.

“I think it is right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions but not necessarily all.”

Several other businesses in England are not permitted to remain open including non-essential retail outlines.

Hospitality venues are also unable to remain open to patrons but can offer delivery or collection services.

Only where essential for work visits are accommodation venues permitted to remain open.

Entertainment and animal attraction venues including concert halls, cinemas and zoos must shut.

Essential businesses allowed to remain open include shops selling food or providing essential services such as repair services.

Outlets offering medical products such as pharmacies and doctors, dental and veterinary surgeries can remain open.

Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds can also stay open to the public.

Places of worship are also permitted to remain open to visitors – although social distancing and other Covid-secure guidelines must be observed.

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