When will tattoo and piercing shops open in the UK?

12 April 2021, 09:29

Tattoo and piercing studios should open later this year
Tattoo and piercing studios should open later this year. Picture: Getty Images

Are tattoo shops open in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland? Here's what we know about the lockdown rules...

Boris Johnson announced that England would be slowly easing out of lockdown over the coming months.

The Prime Minister’s roadmap includes dates of when non-essential shops, salons, pubs and restaurants can open their doors once again.

But when will tattoo parlours open again after lockdown? And what about piercing studios? Here’s what we know…

When will tattoo shops open in England?

In England, tattoo shops are now allowed to reopen as of April 12, along with other non-essential retail.

Tattoo parlours could open in April
Tattoo parlours could open in April. Picture: Getty Images

This is also the same for piercing studios, as well as barbers, hairdressers and nail salons.

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Before lockdown, tattoo parlours had to introduce many Covid-secure rules to keep their customers safe including tattooists using full PPE, as well as customers wearing masks at all times.

Workspaces were more frequently cleaned, and utensils regularly disinfected, while many had to limit the number of people using the facility at any one time.

One-way systems were also introduced, as well as plastic screens and spacing out equipment and workstations.

When will tattoo shops open in the rest of the UK?

According to Nicola Sturgeon’s roadmap for Scotland, tattoo shops may be able to reopen in the last week of April.

In Wales, the government is set to review current lockdown restrictions on March 12 where they may reveal when tattoo shops can open.

Similarly, in Northern Ireland the next lockdown review is on March 18.

As well as the personal care sector, all non-essential retail may also be allowed to reopen from April 12.

Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can also open, as well as indoor leisure, such as swimming pools and gyms.

Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering and campsites, will also welcome customers back if all goes to plan.

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