As the COVID-19 pandemic develops, we’re continuing to deliver information on what this means to salons and the hair industry. As Prime Minister Scott Morrison rolled out the first phase of lockdown, essential businesses were allowed to remain open, including salons and barbershops. So, what does this mean for you?

Sandy Chong, who leads the Australian Hairdressing Council, urges three major points for salons beyond the information delivered last week.

Firstly, it is vital that the salons take their obligations for the appropriate hygiene and work, health and safety necessities very seriously. It is also crucial that they make their clients aware of their respect for these obligations so that clients can have assurance and trust in the salon and industry. Lastly, salons must ask their clients to show that same respect, and call or bookings beforehand to ask them of their recent travel, trips or any symptoms that would prohibit them from entering the salon.

The AHC is recommending salons limit their numbers as much as possible – this include making sure clients are spaced 1.5 metres apart from each other and only having 25 people at a maximum per an average salon size of 100 square metres. This means asking staff who have accrued annual leave to take that leave now if they can, and making use of the what are unfortunately smaller client numbers in salons industry-wide with the correct distancing measures. Ask that clients don’t visit the salon with guests, including children. Always practice proper hygiene when touching the client is a necessity.

Sandy has outlined these points and more in this social media video – have a look and stay informed. We’ll keep you updated as the situation progresses.

Recent developments allow salons and barbershops to remain open but ask salons to limit appointments to a maximum time frame of 30 minutes.

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