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Further business closures to combat coronavirus spread

Hairdressers, beauticians and tattooists should close to the public, immediately. Credit: Angelika Warmuth/DPA/PA Images

Hairdressers, beauticians and tattooists are among the latest professions forced to shut up shop because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes came in overnight, after Jersey's Chief Minister moved to ensure strict social distancing is adhered to.

The following businesses should close to the public with immediate effect:

  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Nail bars
  • Beauty parlours
  • Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Laser and cosmetic clinics delivering non-essential cosmetic treatments

Anywhere that serves food on their premises should also close to the public, but can provide takeaways, under new guidelines.

The Government say the extended measures are based on current advice from the Medical Officer of Health to contain and delay the spread of infection, thereby flattening the curve and protecting the health service.

I am aware that some businesses in the Island have already chosen to close in light of recent measures. The impact of the closures on businesses and staff has not gone unacknowledged. However, it is crucial to recognise that some services can no longer be maintained with social distancing measures in place. The Council of Ministers announced initial measures to support businesses, including financial support for employees who find themselves without work. I thank those of the business community for their dedication to protecting the Island at this critical time.

– Senator John Le Fondré, Jersey's Chief Minister

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