UPDATE: The lockdown will now be eased from Sunday November 22 and hair salons will be able to operate. Hairdressers must wear masks and clients are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

In the midst of a COVID-19 cluster in South Australia, surging through an outbreak in hotel quarantine, the state is locking down, in what has been described as a “circuit breaker” lockdown to curb the spread and solve the issue quickly.

In this lockdown, starting from Thursday November 19, all businesses will shut, including hair salons, and extending to hospitality including takeaway, all personal care services, schools and universities, construction and anything not deemed essential. Travel and outdoor exercise is prohibited, weddings and funerals have been banned and only one member of a household can leave the house once a day for essential shopping. The state is asking those that do leave their homes to wear a mask. A full list of rules and restrictions can be found here.

These restrictions will be in place for six days at this stage, making way for a further eight days of reduced restrictions. We will update the industry with more information when we understand how the next phase will affect salons and what restrictions will remain after the next few days.

This is the second time hair salons in Australia have been forcibly shut, after Melbourne hair salons were closed in the city’s stage 4 lockdown in August through October.

We are thinking of hairdressers and all citizens in South Australia as their community looks towards the next few days. The whole industry is hoping for a quick improvement, with salon doors soon to re-open soon in safety and health.