COVID-19 UPDATE (24/06/20)

Furthermore to yesterday’s update, FHT (Body Smarts’ insurer) have released a statement today further confirming that no massages are to take place until further notice.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that hairdressers and barbershops can re-open from 4 July, the government has just published Close contact services: Guidance for keeping workers and clients safe in close contact services. In this guidance, it is stated that other businesses in England offering close contact services, including massage, wellbeing and holistic services, are to remain closed “until further notice”. For more information, please see our updated Coronavirus Statement at fht.org.uk/coronavirus

While we appreciate the government is continuing its efforts to control and monitor the spread of COVID-19, we also know how disappointing this news will be for so many of our members, who are desperate support their clients again and earn some much-needed income. Please be assured that we are fighting on behalf of members through the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty and cross-industry collaborative letters to the government – full collaboration with other professional associations/bodies at government level.

Whilst I know this confirmation is not the new any of you (or even myself) were hoping for, I will endeavour to keep you all updated on any progress that might be made on the matter when it comes to my attention.

Jezz Freeman | Body Smarts Sports Massage Therapy

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