Business owner pleads with public to sign petition
A beauty business owner from Ollerton in Nottinghamshire has launched a petition to urge the Government to provide financial support for small business owners who have been unable to reopen and are struggling to make ends meet.
Rebecca Hood who runs RH Lash Academy – a beauty academy with its own line of false eyelashes – says her and thousands of other business owners throughout the country are in a desperate situation after being told they cannot now reopen as planned.
In a statement on July 31, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that despite hoping to reopen in England a number of higher risk settings the next day, they would now have to remain closed until 15th August at the earliest owing to a rise in coronavirus cases.
This includes casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and close contact service providers such as makeup artists and eyebrow and eyelash technicians.
Hood is now appealing for people to sign her petition to lobby the Government to support this community of people who have been denied their only stream of income.
“We are quite frankly on our knees,” she said. “A lot of close contact business owners are parents who can no longer afford to pay the rent or put food on the table. We need help as soon as possible.”
Hood published a video on her Instagram page, in which she gave an emotionally charged appeal to the public for help, and it has been viewed over 50,000 times.
She added: “It’s a difficult time for everyone but if you can spare just a couple of minutes from your day to sign and share this petition then our voices will get heard.
“I had to throw away thousands of pounds worth of kit that had gone out of date during lockdown and reinvest in that, plus more equipment to ensure I can operate in a COVID-secure way, only to be told that we couldn’t reopen on 1st August as initially planned.
“This whole situation is soul destroying but I’m channelling my passion to drive change within the Government, and I need as much help as I can get so I’m appealing to the wider community.”
To sign the petition, visit: www.change.org/p/the-british-council-financial-support-for-close-contact-seevices