Beauty salon bosses, who previously denied the existence of coronavirus, said they would refuse to close their store if the country slips into a second national lockdown.
Skin Kerr Aesthetics Hair & Beauty in Bootle, Merseyside posted a message on its Instagram page that the company would be violating the impending lockdown.
The bosses say they will continue to provide beauty services and have vowed to fight any fines they receive in court.
In a post on the salon's Instagram page it was said: “We will not lock again. We will stay open. We will fight this and any fines in a common law court. & # 39;
Skin Kerr Aesthetics Hair & Beauty in Bootle, Merseyside posted a message on its Instagram page that the company would be violating the impending lockdown. Pictured: The police enter the salon on October 5th
The salon's bosses say they will continue to provide beauty services and have vowed to fight any fines they received in court. Pictured: The police enter the salon on October 5th
In a post on the salon's Instagram page it was said: “We're not going to lock again. We will stay open. We will fight this and any fines in a common law court. & # 39;
What are the rules for beauty salons and other businesses during the new national lockdown?
According to the government's new lockdown rules, which are due to come into effect on Thursday and last until December 2, all non-essential businesses must close.
These include personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage parlors, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons.
Clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agencies, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops will also have to close.
Grocery stores, supermarkets, garden centers, and certain other retailers that offer essential goods and services can remain open.
According to the government, retailers should follow COVID-safe guidelines to keep customers, visitors and workers safe.
Non-essential retail stores can also remain open for customer delivery and click and collection.
The Cabinet Office said it would release details of the enforcement powers before Thursday.
All body care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage parlors, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons will be closed from Thursday as part of the closure lasts until December.
Skin Kerr and Beauty were allowed to stay open, along with other salons, even though they were in a tier-three area – the highest on the government's alarm system.
However, in September Skin Kerr was placed on closure orders by the Sefton Council after repeatedly violating coronavirus regulations.
The owners of the Aintree Road salon previously dubbed the pandemic the "Bulls ** t Voodoo Virus" and displayed posters that read "You can't catch what doesn't exist," along with masks and "Covid Talk."
Merseyside police also promised to visit the salon to speak to the staff and their owner to make sure they are aware of their responsibilities.
Last month, the Sefton Council announced that the salon was allowed to reopen after a dialogue with the owners.
At the time, Cllr Paulette Lappin (lab) said, “I'm delighted that our environmental health team has been able to work constructively with the owner of this Bootle store to take the steps to enable it to reopen.
& # 39; As we've made clear, the Sefton Council will not hesitate to take action against companies that refuse to take action to protect employees and customers, but we will do everything we can to work with them to resolve the issues to resolve and give them the opportunity to start trading again.
& # 39; The vast majority of our local businesses have done their utmost to meet their legal obligation to ensure Covid safety. We have been offering advice and support since the pandemic began in March.
In September, Skin Kerr received a shutdown warrant from the Sefton Council after repeatedly violating coronavirus regulations
What are the current Tier 3 restrictions in Liverpool?
What are the current restrictions?
- Pubs and bars are closed. They can only stay open where they work as if they were a restaurant – which means they serve large meals like a main lunch or dinner. You may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
- Wedding receptions are not permitted, although the services can be held with a maximum of 15 people.
- People should try to avoid traveling outside of their local area or entering any other area that is rated very highly except for work, education, access to youth services, or caring responsibilities.
- People should avoid staying in any other part of the UK if they live in the Liverpool City area and avoid staying in the Liverpool City area if they live elsewhere.
- You must not come in contact with anyone beyond the people you live with (or with whom you have formed a support bubble).
- You are not allowed to socialize in a group of more than six people in an outdoor public area such as a park or beach, in the country, in a public garden, or at a sports venue.
What has changed with the gym?
- Indoor gyms were closed last week as part of the Tier 3 ban.
- But the mayor of the metropolitan area, Steve Rotheram, said they should reopen now.
- It brings the region in line with the restrictions in Lancashire where the gyms have remained open.
These rules will be replaced by the new national rules on Thursday.
"We appreciate the efforts and sacrifices they have made and would encourage them to contact us if they have difficulty meeting the requirements."
On its website, the Sefton Council has stated that any business or venue that does not comply with the restrictions could face fines up to £ 10,000, law enforcement, or in some cases closure.
Skin Kerr Aesthetics Hair & Beauty was approached for comment, as was the Merseyside Police Department.
Today a spokesman for Sefton Council said it was "not appropriate" for the agency to "comment on social media speculation."
In a statement, however, the spokesman told MailOnline: “Like everyone else, we are waiting to see the full details of the new restrictions and will act accordingly.
& # 39; We will continue to do everything we can to help businesses across the district cope with new government restrictions and keep their customers and employees safe.
"And once the new lockdown begins Thursday, council officials will ensure local businesses are complying and respond to any allegations that restricted businesses are staying open."
The salon is in the Merseyside area, which was plunged into tier three lockdown last month after a surge in cases and hospital stays in Covid.
Although hairdressers and beauty salons were allowed to stay open with strict measures, the gyms were ordered to close.
It sparked a campaign by a Merseyside gym owner, Nick Whitcombe of Bodytech Fitness in Moreton, who refused to close his gym despite a visit from armed police.
The campaign included a petition signed more than 400,000 times and a GoFundMe page intended to help pay fines in excess of £ 50,000.
But the government later agreed to allow gyms in Liverpool to remain open even though they are still in the third tier.
The move brought the area in line with Lancashire restrictions, also in Tier Three, which allowed gyms to remain open.
Mr Whitcome later posted an emotional video on his Instagram page claiming to his thousands of followers, "We saved our sector."
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