This week both NSW and the ACT strengthened their roadmaps out of lockdown, giving new information on rules, dates and further stages out of the current phase of the pandemic, and we’re here to track what that means for hair salons.

NSW clarified dates around their earlier roadmap news. The 70 per cent double dose vaccination status, which will see hair salons open under the one person per 4sqm rule and with a maximum of five clients at a time, including with continued masks usage and for only vaccinated employees and clients, is now predicted to be October 11, meaning salons will open very soon!

In further news, the 80 per cent double dose vaccination rate will move personal care services including hair salons to uncapped limits for vaccinated clients and employees still under the 4sqm rule.

A new phase was announced from December 1, which will remove vaccination status requirements for businesses, controversially pushing businesses to decide their own limits and criteria. Personal care services including hairdressing will also move to the 2sqm rule. At this stage, general indoor mask wearing rules will cease and only be necessary for front of house hospitality workers.

For the ACT, hair salons will open when lockdown lifts on October 15, with a maximum of 25 people or a density of one person per 4 square metres, whichever is less.

It continues to be a long road ahead but we’re seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for Australian salons.