TATTOO studios in Wales will be allowed to reopen, from Monday, July 27.

Tattoo artist and owner of Inkabella tattoo studio in Broad Street parade, Barry, Lisa Turner h as had hundreds of messages regarding when the business would be open again.

The business temporarily closed following the announcement that the UK was in coronavirus lockdown on March 23.

Mum of three, Mrs Turner said the studio would be tattooing only with no piercing available.

She will be assisted by her her apprentice Kit Wagstaff, of Cardiff, who also tattoos part time.


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Mrs Turner said: "When lockdown ensued, my first thoughts regarding the studio, were having to rebook clients.

"I know how much tattoos mean to people and they look forward to it.

"So it can be difficult to let them down by telling them they have to wait longer.

"All my clients have been absolutely amazing and im very lucky that everyone allowed me to rebook them with zero drama and loads of understanding and sympathy for my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my business.

"It helped me cope a little better in these scary times.

"I literally can't thank them enough.

"After the initial adjustment of my financial position, I was able to tackle any stress of temporarily closing my business by spending lots of quality time with my three children, Joshua, 17, Rayne, 12 and Tinkabella, eight.

"Mostly making sure they were coping okay and finding fun things to do, arts and crafts, baking, online competitions and so on.

"It's been amazing to be able to switch off for a while and concentrate solely on them as I'd normally be working.

"Quality time is a rarity in my house.

"I am very lucky also we have all managed to remain safe and well when so many people have been less fortunate."

She added: "When we reopen the studio, we will be making some new changes to our existing strict hygiene procedure.

"This will include, keeping the doors locked so only one client will be able to enter the studio at any time.

"Hand sanitising stations will be placed around the studio and in the bathroom area.

"We will be using floor tape to mark out safe distance is adhered to at all times in the waiting area.

"No magazines or cushions will be in the waiting area and clients will be urged to bring any refreshments in a disposable bag that will be kept in the waiting area.

"Gloves, aprons, and usual PPE will be worn along with additional masks visors and plastic sleeves.

"Everything, including bathrooms and waiting areas, desks, pens, will be cleaned down between clients and at the start and end of the day.

"We have a UV wand to treat money and also mobile phones which will then be sealed in a plastic pocket.

"A copy of our new procedure will be emailed to all clients prior to appointments and forms regarding covid-19 exposure will be filled out before the appointment.

All bookings will be made via Facebook or email to avoid too much traffic entering the studio.

"Clients will be required to wash their hands upon arrival and arrive alone.

"There are many more changes, we will refer to government guidelines to make sure we go above and beyond to ensure client safety."

Opening hours will remain the same for clients.

Appointments are from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.