From Thursday 5th November, England will enter a second national lockdown to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants will close once again – but what about dog groomers? Will they close or be able to stay open?
Currently, there is no official advice on whether dog groomers around England can remain open. The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) wrote on their Facebook page that they were pushing for clearer guidance, saying: “Following the Government’s announcement last night [Saturday 31st November] about a new national lockdown from Thursday, we are currently seeking clarity about how this affects pet businesses.
“The Government has only announced headlines so far, and we await more detailed guidance.”
One dog groomer in Swindon told Pet Business World their concerns amid a second lockdown, saying that they would close until the government made it clear. “Things are still confusing on what position dog groomers should be taking. We take the view that as a non-essential business we will have to close until 2nd December,” they said.
Others, however, are hoping to stay open and provide an important service.
How to groom your dog at home
During the first lockdown in spring, we worked with former Crufts winner Marie Burns to host a virtual at-home dog grooming session. Marie showed us how to safely groom dogs at home and shared some extra hygiene tips. You can watch Marie’s detailed tutorial above.
You can also read some extra advice here:
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