RESTRICTIONS imposed on salons in Bolton have been lifted, the Government has announced.

Salons in the borough will now be allowed to carry out close contact services such as face treatments, eyebrow threading and applying makeup.

Restaurants, takeaways, cafes, bars and pubs are still restricted to takeaway services only but can now continue deliveries after 10pm although businesses must have late night refreshment licences to deliver after 11pm.

Bolton Council leader, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “I know the announcement regarding beauty treatments will come as a great relief to all those who work in the sector.

“They have been disproportionately affected and I am delighted they can now get back to offering those services in a safe environment.”

The covid-19 infection rate in Bolton remains one of the highest in the country and a number of strict laws and guidelines remain in place.

The council warned that the following rules still apply though:

Do not meet anyone from outside your household (or support bubble) in a private home or garden

Do not meet than in a group of more than 6 in a public venue or outdoor space

Avoid meeting anyone from outside your household (or support bubble) in a public venue or outdoor space where possible

Avoid public transport except for essential journeys

Work from home if you are able to do so

Customers must wear face coverings in taxis

Staff in retail, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality must now wear face coverings

A maximum of six people can take part in indoor team sports

Bolton Council’s director of public health, Dr Helen Lowey, added: “The more we can reduce contact with people from outside our household or support bubble, the sooner that will bring the virus under control and bring the infection rate down.

“As well as sticking to the local restrictions, continue to follow the basic steps that will prevent the virus spreading further.

“Maintain a social distance of two metres, wear a face covering when required, wash your hands regularly and if you develop symptoms then self-isolate immediately and book a test.”