From the 7th July-2020 this specific page will receive no more updates
Hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons nail salons, mobile therapists or similar close contact professions are now permitted to open [ROI from 29th June and NI from 6th July]
As we all enter a new phase of dealing with Covid-19, and in part due to the fast moving changes within Republic of Ireland and the North of Ireland we have now paused this section of our Covid-19 update. We urge you to check at Government Level, and local level and work within their parameters.
Updated 7th July at 10am
Revised Opening Date for Salons Announced for Ireland: From the 20th July to the 29th June
10pm 19th June 2020
We have moved this page from June-20, therefore for updates, news and information please see www.irishbeauty.ie
ABT are not there to argue against other ‘Associations', nor wish to simply ‘invalidate insurance' for our valued clients. Clients must assess their own business and if they feel it is a ‘small ‘retail outlet that can evidence compliance with all the public health measures, such businesses can according the Roadmap can open on 8th June. ABT do not see any service fitting into that statement.
Whilst we accept that certain businesses, in certain unique situations and within the medical services industries (such as dental surgeries, opticians and audiology clinics, physiotherapy clinics, chiropody and podiatry clinics, and other professional vocational medical services) may remain open we strongly suggest this is not advisable to ABT clients.
There is room for ambiguity in many treatments – and as such we have adopted the blanket position that face to face treatments should not be performed until 20th July at the very earliest – along with newer Government advise.
The ambiguity arises here over ‘retail'. Whilst differing rules are in play across the World - The general plan to rebuild and reopen document reveals “The Government's current planning assumption is that this step / phase  will be no earlier than 20 July, subject change and further detailed scientific advice, provided closer to the time, on how far we can go. The ambition at this stage is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care (such as hairdressers and beauty salons).”
We are in phase 2:
Here are five things you should know for Phase 2:
- Stay Local: You may travel within your own county, or up to 20 kilometres from your home if crossing county boundaries.
- Meeting other people: You may meet up to 6 people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings. Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place.
- Shops: All retail is reopening. Shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.
- Work from home: It is more important than ever to work from home where possible.
- Transport: Walk or cycle if you can. Only use public transport if you absolutely need to. Public transport capacity is limited because of social distancing requirements.
At this stage, clearly we would not tell any business not to trade and if the client feels they are permitted, we clearly would not, or could not stop them but if it came to a claim arising, they would need to demonstrate that they were following Government and local authority guidelines. We would not give clients ‘permission' as this would be outside of our scope, our suggestion to all clients is not to perform treatments but if they do, and can prove it is in line with guidelines the insurance is valid. How you would prove that, in the event of a claim is the important part.
The fact remains that clients must make an assessment themselves to determine their suitability for re-opening in accordance with the Government's Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. ABT's view, that almost all, if not all salons provide a service, and in no instance I am familiar with simply ‘retail only' – although this would be plausible given the new normal we all face. If a client assesses their business as a ‘small ‘retail outlet that can evidence compliance with all the public health measures, such businesses can according the Roadmap can open on 8th June. ABT would suggest that is nearly every case – salons who provide any service would not fit this but it is down to individual business owners to assess their own suitability.
Importantly, if a treatment does go wrong, Balens stance is clients are covered if they follow the government and associations set guidelines. Again, If a client assess their business as a ‘small ‘retail outlet that can evidence compliance with all the public health measures, such businesses can according the Roadmap can open on 8th June. ABT do not see any service fitting into that statement.
Full policy details should be checked.
Please find a link, ABT's back to work roadmap and moving towards 20th July opening; http://www.irishbeauty.ie/ABT-to-issue-beauty-hair-back-to-work-guide.html
Sunday 10th May 8pm
Update - stay at home extended
Everyone is urged to stay in their home wherever possible until Monday 18 May. Staying at home is the best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to your friends, families and communities.
These measures were initially in place until 12 April but they have been extended as they are making a huge difference in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Staying in means staying in control of this outbreak.
The changes to the public health guidelines that will come into place next Tuesday 5 May are:
People will be able to go up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise
Those who are cocooning can leave their homes for exercise or a drive as long as they avoid all contact with other people.
There are exceptions for some workers in key businesses but for the majority of people, the rule is simple: Stay at home.
This is the best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to your friends, families and communities.
You can buy food and attend medical appointments and even get out for some exercise but you are being asked to stay in your home as much as possible.
You cannot arrange a gathering with anybody you do not live with.
Measures called 'cocooning' have been put in place for those over 70 years of age and those who are extremely medically vulnerable to COVID-19. This is where they stay inside and isolate as much as possible.
Updated 6pm on 1st May-20
Stay at home
The guidance to stay at home has been extended until Tuesday 5 May because the measures are working. By staying at home - you are saving lives.
On https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ you can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19.
The latest information, advice and guidelines will be published here and updated daily.
Update 22nd April-20 at 10am
Public health measures to be extended until May 5
The public health measures will be extended for a further 3 weeks. The measures will now stay in place until Tuesday, May 5.
The extension of the measures was announced by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris who both said that the measures are being extended because they are saving lives.
The Gardaí Síochana's power to enforce COVID-19 restrictions will also be extended until 5 May.
Friday, 10th April at 10pm
People urged not to leave their homes
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have issued strict guidelines for people to stay at home from midnight tonight (Friday).
The main rule is to STAY AT HOME. The only times you can leave your home are:
· to travel to or from work if you are providing an essential service (the full list of essential services will be announced tomorrow [Saturday] morning).
· to shop for food
· to collect medical prescriptions and medical supplies and attend medical appointments
· to carry out vital services like caring (including family carers)
· for brief individual exercise - within 2 kilometres of your house. (You can bring children but must keep 2 metres away from others for social distancing)
· for farming
You should not hold any private or public functions and this includes family functions for family who don't live in the same house.
All community centres will close. All public transport will be restricted to those carrying out essential travel for the reasons outlined above.
All non-essential businesses will close.
Shielding or cocooning of older and vulnerable people will come into place where they should not leave the house and arrange for others check on them and to bring shopping and medicines. There is a guide to cocooning here.
Except for the reasons above; you should not travel more than 2 kilometres from your home.
March 27th 11pm
Some of our more entrepreneurial clients, mobile therapists, colleges and salons are using technology to their advantage - maybe give it a go! The ABT Schemes support and encourage online treatments during this difficult time, and skype, zoom, facetime and other online channels are available. Many businesses are not fully operational, working in new ways, as are we can be done.....
- Some of our clients will be offering services, such as counselling, fitness, yoga or nutrition online.
- Some will be offing accredited training courses or live demos online.
- Some are saying they will do ‘at home' step by step tutorials with clients to follow.
- Some will be doing treatments on those they live with and Facebook live is a great tool to showcase
- Some are doing tutorials on how to maintain hair extensions, remove gel nails or similar with their clients
- Some are just keeping in touch, offering advice and support
If you need any support, message us through FB and we can try to assist wherever we can. We know and appreciate how difficult the next chapter of Covid-19 will be for us all... let's stand together and get through this.
Remember - financial support is available so check
Thursday 26th March 10am
Latest Guidance on Public Health Measures
Published: 24 March
From: Department of the Taoiseach
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended that all non-essential retail outlets close to members of the public. All other retail outlets are to implement social distancing.
Cafés and restaurants are limited to takeaways and deliveries only. All sporting events are cancelled - including those behind closed doors.
All theatres, clubs, gyms, leisure centres and hair salons are to be shut.
Places of worship are to restrict numbers visiting and no unnecessary travel should take place in the country or overseas, now or during the Easter break.
The Taoiseach said people need to stay at home and only leave to:
· go to work
· go to the shops for essential supplies
· care for others
Essential Retail Outlets
The following is an indicative list of what are considered essential retail outlets:
· retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and newspapers in non-specialised and specialised stores
· retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses
· pharmacies/chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical or dispensing services
· retail sale of medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores
· fuel stations and heating fuel providers
· retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (for example, tyre sales and repairs)
· retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding
· laundries and drycleaners
· banks, post offices and credit unions
· retail sale of safety supply stores (for example, work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment)
· hardware stores, builders' merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture
· retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses
· retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home
Tuesday 24th March at 10am
3 months Free Membership and Insurance
Whether you have made the applaudable decision to halt trading for the foreseeable future, or you are still operating, ABT are here to support you. We are still open for business and contactable via our Live Chat, via the website at www.abtinsurance.ie or by telephone on 1800 625 180 or call +44 1789 773434 from a mobile.
Once this pandemic is over and businesses are able to trade as normal, ABT will continue to support our current loyal members by giving you three months FREE membership and insurance. By providing three months free insurance cover to you, we hope it will assist some way in helping you to re-establish your business going forward once this is all over. This offer will be available to all members so you don't lose out on any of your ABT membership time. We will apply this code at any point your membership is due for renewal until September 2021.
We appreciate your business and you are a very valued customer, so please stay safe and keep well, and visit www.gov.ie for the latest guidelines and information on COVID-19
Monday 23rd March 4.30pm
What is the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis.
If you have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week, you may qualify for Short Time Work Support
Monday 23rd March 10.05am
At ABT, we have both a responsibility to client safety, and to our clients. We are moving as fast as we can, keeping up with an ever changing landscape of advice. As we currently understand, the message is one to be safe, sensible and limit your chances of exposure – we all have a part to play in this journey.
Obviously, the wider safety of the general public is extremely important and we appreciate that many of our members are closing temporarily, a response we respect and applaud. Some of our members are taking the approach to continue doing treatments from their range, this is also acceptable from an insurance perspective, as long as combined with good hygiene, necessary precautions and whilst acting on the Government advice which should be reviewed regularly [at least daily at www.gov.ie]. Many of our clients are self-employed, and as responsible business owners and therapists, until government offers guidance to the contrary, all ABT members should be making decisions about whether their treatments can be conducted in a safe and hygienic way. Therefore, if you do decide to keep practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic we urge you to follow sensible precautions to keep yourself and others well. We have been advised by our brokers at Balens Ltd that your insurance cover for performing treatments is absolutely fine and unaffected by the crisis as long as you follow the governments guidance on a daily basis.
Health, beauty and wellbeing professionals have an important part in this journey in supporting their clients, vulnerable or otherwise. Please just remember to follow Government advice and keep up to date as often as you can.
We are working as quickly as possible with our accredited colleges to enable them to continue to offer courses via the internet to further enable those conducting social distancing to trade online. Details of this have been sent separately.
There is currently no issue with your insurance for members performing treatments, sessions, fitness or similar over skype, zoom or similar. Again, sensible social distancing is encouraged, so where possible, use the IT available to you.
As with all insurance based products, the policy wording and full terms are all found online and this email only acts as a quick summary to assist with some of the more frequently asked questions. ABT are open for business, we ask all clients to reference form unnecessary communication so we can better assist with serious concerns as our phones are incredibly busy… so perhaps try to live chat us.
Everyone has a valuable part to play in this journey, and each individual should be making their own decisions. If any salon or college is uncomfortable, we absolutely encourage them not to perform courses or treatments but likewise, where sensible and safe, your insurance with ABT is unaffected. See more updates on www.abtinsurance.ie
We will update again tomorrow.
10am on the 23rd March-20
Here at ABT, we are getting a lot of question about ‘Can I still perform treatments?'
Our answer is a simple one;
As responsible business owners and therapists, until government offers guidance to the contrary, all ABT members should be making decisions about whether their treatments can be conducted in a safe and hygienic way. Therefore, if you do decide to keep practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic we urge you not to get caught up in media scaremongering but to follow sensible precautions to keep yourself and others well. We have been advised by our brokers at Balens Ltd that your insurance cover for performing treatments is absolutely fine and unaffected by the crisis. As long as you follow the governments guidance on a daily basis.
Friday 20th March 2020
Maintaining Service - Emergency Measures
You'll have heard a lot about coronavirus recently and the effect it's having across the world so I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that it is business as usual at ABT UK and Ireland during the current COVID-19 crisis.
As you are no doubt aware, this is an ever-changing situation without business precedence and the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers are our top priority, however ABT are very well prepared for this crisis.
We would like to reassure you that we have robust business continuity plans in place to protect the fulfilment of our services to our customers. We are open for business and will remain on live chat, phone, email and web throughout this crisis to work with our valued customers.
At ABT, we know how important it is to work together during these difficult times so we are here to support you and we would like to let you know we have made some short term changes to help... please stay tuned as we bring you the latest on these topics!
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We appreciate your business and you are a very valued customer, so please stay safe and keep well, and visit www.gov.ie for the latest guidelines and information on COVID-19.