When will nail salons open in the UK? Here's the latest advice

Amy Hunt
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 When can nail bars open in the UK?
When can nail bars open in the UK?

When will nail salons open again in the UK? As we face fresh restrictions in 2021, it's one of the questions playing on the minds of beauty enthusiasts up and down the country. 

As England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all been put into some form of lockdown once again, here's everything you need to know about when nail salons will reopen in your area. 

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woman's hands having nails filed at salon
woman's hands having nails filed at salon

Are nail salons open in England?

No. On Monday 4th January, Prime Minster Boris Johnson announced that England would go back into lockdown from midnight on Tuesday 5th. This means that all non-essential shops and personal care services – which includes nail salons – must remain closed. The restrictions are due to be reviewed during the week commencing 15th February, with any changes coming into effect the following week. However, it's too early to speculate on how this will affect the beauty industry. 

Are nail salons open in Scotland?

No. Like England, Scotland also went into a countrywide lockdown from Tuesday 5th January, meaning all beauty services are closed. This will remain in place until at least the end of January.

Are nail salons open in Wales?

No. Wales is currently at alert level four, the equivalent of a lockdown, meaning all personal care services are closed. The country was supposed to go into lockdown on Boxing Day, but this was brought forwards to the 20th in response to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The alert was reviewed on the 8th of January, with First Minister Mark Drakeford confirming the country would remain at level four for at least three more weeks.

Are nail salons open in Northern Ireland?

No. Northern Ireland is currently in the middle of a six week lockdown which began on Boxing Day, under which beauty services remain closed. The situation will be reviewed towards the end of the month. 

Although the tier system is currently out of use, keep reading for a reminder of the rules for nail salons under tiers 2, 3 and 4 in case it comes back in to play. 

When can nail bars open in the UK?
When can nail bars open in the UK?

Are nail salons open in tier 4?

No. Under tier 4 restrictions, which were announced in December, all non-essential retail and personal care services must close, including nail salons. In England, beauty services are only open within tiers 1-3.

Can nail salons open in tier 3?

Yes, nail salons are open in tier 3. When England's tier system resumed at the start of December, the government confirmed that there would be no variation in rules between local areas – as was seen when Nottingham also closed beauty services when it moved into tier 3.

Can nail salons open in tier 2?

Yes. While restrictions are in place for socialising, under tier 2 rules beauty salons, nail bars and hairdressers are all able to stay open, providing that hygiene and social distancing measures are in place. 

How to get a nail appointment when salons reopen

When nail bars are finally allowed to reopen, it’s likely that you'll need a pre-booked appointment to comply with Covid-safe rules.

With the reduction in the number of people allowed inside at any one time, it’s likely fewer people will be able to have their nails done at once to allow space for 1m+ social distancing.

Beauty booking sites like Treatwell will save you Googling "nail salons near me", with appointments often available to book for the same day.

That said, you don’t have to wait for nail bars to open again to get a salon-worthy manicure or pedicure. Try one at home yourself with our recommendations for the best at-home gel nail products for a DIY manicure in lockdown.

With nails bars not reopening for the foreseeable future, it's one way to relax before you're finally back in the salon.