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MP to hold online meeting with Moray beauty salon workers amid rules confusion


By Lorna Thompson

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MORAY'S MP is to hold a virtual meeting with local beauty salon operators this week amid Covid confusion.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has invited beauty salon owners and staff to the meeting amid concerns that the industry is in "meltdown" locally due to coronavirus restrictions.

Mr Ross said he had been contacted for advice by several businesses over the past eight months to clarify what they say is "conflicting" advice from the Scottish Government.

Salons were closed at one point earlier this year, but were allowed to reopen on a limited basis.

Business owners have reported that they were initially permitted to carry out facial procedures, but were later told they could not. It is claimed that Scotland is the only country where this restriction now applies.

Representatives from local beauty businesses have now been invited to a Zoom discussion with the MP this Friday, October 23, at 11am.

Local beauty salon owners and staff have been left confused over conflicting guidance, Moray MP Douglas Ross says. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Local beauty salon owners and staff have been left confused over conflicting guidance, Moray MP Douglas Ross says. Picture: Gair Fraser.

Mr Ross said: "The reports Iā€™m getting are that the industry is really struggling locally and they need clear advice about what they can and cannot offer to customers.

"Amidst all this confusion, I have arranged for local businesses to come to an online meeting so that I can listen to their concerns and hopefully assist these local operators.

"Businesses in all sectors of our economy have worked extremely hard to ensure they are compliant with all the restrictions that have been put in place.

"But they need clear and specific guidance from the Scottish Government so there is no doubt about what is and is not permitted.

"We are all aware that we are in the middle of a pandemic, but it is vital that we strike a balance between protecting public health and rebuilding our economy ā€“ and that means allowing businesses to operate as safely as possible. I know our local teams here in Moray can do this, they just need a clear steer from the Scottish Government."

Any local constituent interested in joining the Zoom meeting should contact Mr Ross at his constituency office on 01309 679253 or by emailing douglas.ross.mp@parliament.uk.



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