By KLTV Newsdesk
It feels like one step forward and one step back as businesses in Kirklees can now once again offer close contact treatments, right as the government introduces new restrictions on social gatherings of more than six people.
From this week, face treatments such as eyebrow threading and make-up application can now be offered again anywhere in Kirklees.
Indoor soft play areas, as well as a number of other businesses including casinos, can also now reopen after being closed since March.
However, new national restrictions will mean social gatherings of more than six people will not be allowed anywhere in England from Monday 14 September, throwing into question the ability of such businesses to fully reopen.
The original easements were introduced to the rest of the country on 15 August but were delayed in Kirklees and other parts of Northern England as part of local restrictions that were put in place on 29 July to tackle infection rates.
Now Kirklees will once again have to remain vigilant in enforcing the new restrictions.
Thankfully the majority of the County is now at least in line with the Government’s national restrictions. However, Dewsbury and Batley remain in those local restrictions implement at the end of July.
Speaking about the latest restrictions, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public at Kirklees Council, said: “I urge everyone across Kirklees to follow this latest national restriction and do not socialise in groups of more than six.
“The majority of Kirklees was lifted from local restrictions on 2 September, meaning people can socialise with people from another household again.
“This is still the case, but the Government is just now asking that you do not do this in groups larger than six.
“For people in Batley and Dewsbury, the local restrictions are still in place for the time being, which means you still cannot socialise with people from other households unless they are part of your support bubble.”
Rachel thanked the residents of Batley and Dewsbury for thier continued efforts during the local restrictions.
She added: “We’re hopeful the Government will lift these local restrictions soon if we see infection rates come down.
“We know it’s difficult to know what all the latest restrictions at both a national and local level but you can stay up to date on our website.
“Please follow the Government’s latest guidance and keep social gatherings to no more than six and continue to stay safe so we can prevent the spread of the virus.”