Melbourne hair salons were free to open from 11:59pm on October 18, as part of the next phase out of lockdown for the city. It’s been a difficult time for the Melbourne salon community since salons were shut in early August as part of Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown, and salon doors have been opened with great anticipation from the hairdressing community and city at large.

The roadmap out of the second wave and subsequent restrictions has been described as a three-step process, with salons opening as part of the first step. Other new rules in the step included a 25 kilometre travel rule, as opposed to five kilometres, and no more time restrictions for being outside.

Salons in regional Victoria remain open as they have stayed throughout the pandemic and second wave.

Beauty salons and services will remain closed until the second step in this process, and only services that can ensure mask wearing by both the client and professional will be allowed when they do open. This is expected on November 1, or sooner if the recent encouraging numbers continue. Retail and hospitality will also begin opening from this step.

Salons will need to continue wearing masks, practicing good hygiene and social distancing as doors open to keep staff, clients and Melbourne generally safe.

Well done to all Melbourne salons, which have seen out this challenging period with perseverance, strength and innovation, as home colour kits, elevated retail options and social media communication became more paramount. As salon doors finally open and clients flock through them, our thoughts continue to be with the Melbourne salon community.