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Beauty therapists claim that the government’s decision not to open salons is “disrespectful and lazy.”

A beauty therapist has claimed that the government’s decision not to open salons along with the rest of the hospitality industry is “disrespectful and lazy.”

This Saturday, bars, restaurants and hairdressers reopened for the first time in three months with strict new safety measures, but beauty salons and nail bars have been told they still can’t welcome customers.

London-based facial therapist Teresa Tarmey, who was forced to close her salons in Knightsbridge, appeared on This Morning today with South Shields beauty therapist Lindsay Nesbitt to discuss the decision.

Teresa said that beauty is a “huge part of the economy” that has been “left behind,” while Lindsay said clients’ mental health and confidence “could be compromised by not seeing their beautician.

London-based facial therapist Teresa Tarmey (pictured) claimed on This Morning today that the government's decision not to open salons along with the rest of the hospitality industry is 'disrespectful and lazy'

London-based facial therapist Teresa Tarmey (pictured) claimed on This Morning today that the government’s decision not to open salons along with the rest of the hospitality industry is ‘disrespectful and lazy’

Beauty therapist Lindsay Nesbitt of South Shields said clients' mental health and confidence can be compromised by not seeing their beautician

Beauty therapist Lindsay Nesbitt of South Shields said clients' mental health and confidence can be compromised by not seeing their beautician

Beauty therapist Lindsay Nesbitt of South Shields said clients’ mental health and confidence can be compromised by not seeing their beautician

“It’s about time,” Teresa said, “I’m in central London, a swanky area with high rental costs. I got help from my wonderful landlord.

“But I feel for people who are not as lucky as me, who don’t have landlords who want to help. We are an industry that has been left behind, which is the most disappointing. ‘

She continued, “It’s super disrespectful. Everyone is nervous and is wondering if we will survive. It’s disrespectful, it’s laziness.

“They need to look at the industry, they have all put us in the same category. It is a huge industry and a huge part of the economy. I think it’s just laziness. ‘

The beauty therapists seemed to be talking about the government's decision not to reopen beauty salons along with bars, restaurants and hairdressers

The beauty therapists seemed to be talking about the government's decision not to reopen beauty salons along with bars, restaurants and hairdressers

The beauty therapists seemed to be talking about the government’s decision not to reopen beauty salons along with bars, restaurants and hairdressers

Lindsay further argued that many customers, both men and women, will be affected for not being able to maintain their personal appearance.

She said, “It affects people’s mental health and confidence because of the way their personal appearance is.

In particular, I’ve had several messages in the past six weeks where people said, “I don’t feel myself.” Maybe their husband hasn’t seen them without treatments. ‘

She added, “People call, they send a message to my personal Facebook account to get appointments.”

Teresa further argued that as beauty therapists who are constantly working around clients, the importance of cleanliness “is bored in them”

The issue of reopening salons was raised during PMQs in parliament last week, and Lindsay said she found Boris Johnson’s video smiling as she discussed the issue “absolutely furious.”

She said, “That video absolutely infuriates me. They laugh, it is people’s livelihood, it is their career.

“We have many people who depend on treatment, we have elderly people who live alone. They come for the chat, they love the atmosphere. It is many people who influence it. ‘

Lindsay further argued that many customers, both men and women, will be affected for not being able to maintain their personal appearance

Lindsay further argued that many customers, both men and women, will be affected for not being able to maintain their personal appearance

Lindsay further argued that many customers, both men and women, will be affected for not being able to maintain their personal appearance

Lindsay told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (both in the photo) how older customers trust their visits to the beauty salon

Lindsay told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (both in the photo) how older customers trust their visits to the beauty salon

Lindsay told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (both in the photo) how older customers trust their visits to the beauty salon

Teresa further argued that as beauty therapists who work around clients all the time, the importance of cleanliness is “bored in them,” arguing that her salon is “set up like a hospital.”

She said: ‘As beauty therapists, it is drilled in us to be clean, of course we have a clean environment anyway.

“Me and my team all wear the masks, it’s normal for us to wear masks and sometimes gloves, and we have sterilizers all over the clinic every day before the pandemic.

“To be honest, we’re actually just doctors. We are prepared for a hospital. We are much safer than people who go out on a Saturday night. ‘

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