Massage therapists have been given a provisional re-opening date of July 22.

A Scottish Government spokesperson issued the update for 'personal retail services' which involve close contact for extended periods, including beauty therapists and said futher guidance would be issued to those sectors shortly.

Beauty salons and massage therapists have not yet been issued with guidance on the treatments that will be permissable.

The date given is indicative as it will be dependant on virus transmission rates remaining low.

It comes after the leader of a massage training school criticised the government after therapists were told they could re-open and then forced to close two days later.

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Sport and remedial therapists, who are trained to treat injuries, were advised by a professional association that they could begin treating clients for pain relief from Monday, July 6 after being issued with guidance from two MPs and the government's Business and Social Distancing Team.

However, two days later, Clinical Director Jason Leitch issued a statement urging businesses to remain closed, saying the advice about massage had not changed and only regulated industries such as physiotherapy were permitted to treat sports injuries

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A government spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Government have given personal retail services, such as beauty therapy, massage therapies, complimentary therapies, an indicative resumption date of 22nd July.

“The Scottish Government has undertaken a clinical assessment of the risk of transmission for such services which involve close personal contact for extended periods, and will publish further guidance for the sector to be followed shortly.”