8th September 2020 | Coronavirus

Information last updated 8 September 2020

ENGLAND

Face to face therapies
From 4 July 2020 the following restrictions have been eased:

  • The 2-metre social distancing rule has been relaxed to "1 metre plus" where 2 metres is not possible – but people will be encouraged to have mitigation in place to reduce risk of virus transmission.
  • Hair salons and barbers can reopen, but visors must be worn.

Registrants who can maintain social distancing of 2 metres, and who have full infection control measures in place, may return to work if that would be covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)
From 13 July 2020 Registrants can return to practising 'hands-on' provided that they:

  • Do not treat highest risk zones. This is defined in UK Government guidance as "the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard”. 
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

The UK Government guidance for close contact services can be found here.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

UPDATE: Highest risk zones - on 13 August the UK Government announced that treatments to the face can resume on 15 August 2020

NORTHERN IRELAND

Face to face therapies
From 6 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Northern Ireland can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local lockdown restrictions you cannot return to work yet.

Guidance for working safely in Northern Ireland can be found here

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)
From 6 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Northern Ireland can return to work provided they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

Guidance for working safely in Northern Ireland can be found here


SCOTLAND

Face to face therapies
From 15 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Scotland can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)

From 22 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Scotland can return to work provided they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

The Scottish Government's guidance on close contact services can be found here.

This guidance diverges from UK Government guidance for close contact services are as follows:
- No mobile services: Treatments can only be carried out at your own premises. You cannot provide close contact treatments in client's homes in Phase 3 of of the Scottish Government's Route Map
- High risk zones: The ‘high risk zone’ is defined as ‘the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard’. If treatments in the high risk zone cannot be carried out without the ability to be provided from the side of the face or behind the head and therefore require prolonged periods in the highest risk zone then they should not be offered in phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map


WALES

Face to face therapies
From 13 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Wales can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres
  • Have full infection control measures in place,
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you may not be able to return to work yet.

The Welsh Government's guidance on working safely can be found here

'Hands-on' therapies (also known as close contact services)

UPDATE: From 27 July 2020 Registrants who have practices in Wales can return to work provided that they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance. 

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local restrictions you cannot return to work yet. 

The Welsh Government's workplace guidance for close contact holistic services can be found here. It includes a restart risk assessment and a reopening checklist.

This guidance diverges from UK Government guidance for close contact services in relation to high risk zones. It states:
"practitioners are currently strongly advised not to perform treatments that will bring them within the ‘highest risk zone’ of clients (defined as the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth, that may not be visible, can be present and pose a hazard from the client to the practitioner and vice versa)".

CNHC ADVICE

CNHC advice on preparing to return to work and working safely can be found here


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