BEAUTY salons will be told by Friday if they can restart facials and eyebrow treatments as coronavirus cases have started to spike again.
The PM pushed back the date Brits could get any up-close treatments after a planned reopening on August 1 over fears of fresh infections.
Appointments for eyebrow waxing and other close-contact beauty treatments were closed with just a day's notice as coronavirus cases began to spike again – and parts of the UK were thrown into local lockdowns.
But Brits with unruly eyebrows will be able to get their hopes up again, as the PM's spokesperson said there would be an announcement this week.
Excited salons have already started taking bookings for the treatments they were forced to strike off their menu – but are waiting for the final go ahead from the PM.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said today: "When we paused that section of the roadmap, I think we said it was until the end of this week at the earliest.
"We will continue to review the data and at the end of this week we will set out a decision on whether or not we are able to go ahead with the opening of those remaining sectors of the economy."
It is understood that ministers will meet on Thursday to discuss changes to the rules – with a decision likely to come on Friday.
Boris Johnson told other indoor venues – due to reopen on August 1 – they would have to wait another two weeks.
Casinos, bowling alleys and ice skating rinks were all told to keep their doors closed, and indoor theatre performances were also cancelled.
The news some of these restrictions could finally be relaxed comes as the number of new coronavirus cases tipped over 1,000 for the first time since June.
Most businesses – including hairdressers and barbers were able to reopen in July – and there was fury and claims of sexism as it emerged men could get their beards trimmed but eyebrow treatments would not be allowed.
Which beauty treatments are allowed… and which ones aren't
Manicures, massages, pedicures, body waxes, simple beard trims
Facial treatments, eyebrow treatments, face threading, face sugaring or waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application, intricate detailing or shaving of beards and moustaches, dermarolling, dermaplaning, microblading, electrolysis on the face, Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical), Advanced beauty therapy and aesthetic treatments
Mr Johnson has said repeatedly he will not hesitate to roll back restriction if the number of cases started creeping up again.
But the Government is hoping to be able to concentrate stricter measures on areas with the most cases and Preston was added to the number of areas in England where indoor gatherings have been banned again.
Mr Johnson said at the time that the Government must not be complacent over the threat of the virus and needed to act as the number of infections was "creeping up".
The Government's chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned when the PM paused further relaxations that the UK had probably "reached the limits" of what could be reopened.
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