Tattoo parlours can re-open from April 12 under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Parliament on Monday afternoon that personal care services would be included in the second phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, and could open up from April 12.
The news will come as a welcome move for anybody planning to get inked.
Chic Child, president of the Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union (TPIU), told the PA news agency: “By and large people are clinging on by the finger nails and looking forward to getting back to work because we know we are going to be busy.”
Mr Child did not expect tattoo artists and piercists to be included in any bailout aimed at the wider beauty industry, but said the union has a meeting set up with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
He added: “The thing no one seems to have taken into consideration with the tattoo and piercing industry is that we are very knowledgeable about cross contamination and caring for our environment.”
“We have always used the PPE that is now being used by everyone else – the only thing we have had to add is face masks and visors.”
He added: “Essentially we have run along the same sterilisation processes as dentists and a lot of (equipment) is single use – on the whole 90% of the stuff we use is disposable.”
The TPIU is also considering drawing up guidelines for regular Covid-19 testing for all its members, he said.