APPG demands closure of loophole allowing botox during lockdown

The APPG has written again to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to express serious concern about medical services offering botox and aesthetics treatments during lockdown.

Government guidance is clear that the beauty industry should remain closed and this loophole in the guidance must urgently be resolved.

Disappointingly, the Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP said in response that he had asked his officials to “look into this matter more closely”.

Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, Co-Chairs of the APPG on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing, said:

“We are extremely concerned by reports that some medical practices are providing Botox and other aesthetics treatments while Government guidance states that the beauty industry should remain closed at this stage. The loophole created by the lack of clarity in the current guidance on the undertaking of beauty or aesthetics treatments in medical practices presents a serious health and safety risk to practitioners and customers.

“It is crucial that Government sets out clear and consistent rules that everyone must abide by, whether a practitioner operating in a salon, an aesthetics clinic, a medical practice, or as a mobile worker. Any inconsistencies and confusion not only present a public safety risk, but also risk harming consumer confidence as the beauty industry looks to reopen.”