Beauty salons will be allowed to reopen in New South Wales on June 1.
This includes nail salons, tanning salons and waxing salons, as long as the business has a COVID-safe plan in place and there are no more than ten clients in a business at one time.
“A big day for women in our community, a big day for everybody in the community – beauty salons are open, tanning salons, nail salons, waxing salons – how good is this Sunday?” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“Of all of the requests I’ve had as Health Minister in the last three months, this has been the one that I think has topped the barrel,” he added.
Mr Hazzard said there had been “a very earnest effort” from many parties to ensure beauty salons could reopen.
“I’ve even had text messages in the middle of the other meetings, telling me how bad acrylic nails were.
“I didn’t even know there was such a thing as acrylic nails,” he admitted.
Salons must still adhere to strict social distancing regulations including the four square metre rule, limiting the number of patrons they can treat at a time.
“Your task is to not only deliver the services that people need and want, but also make sure they are kept safe,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Just work through getting a COVID-safe plan before the opening on 1 June.”
Safety plans must include measures such as:
- One person per 4 square metres including both staff and clients, up to a maximum of 10 clients at any one time;
- Exclusion of staff and clients who are unwell, even if they have only mild symptoms;
- Records of attendance on the business premises for all staff, clients and contractors;
- Cleaning requirements;
- Removal of books, magazines and iPads from waiting areas to reduce the potential for infection of clients;
- Seating in waiting areas that complies with physical distancing;
- Ensure good hand hygiene facilities are available, including at venue entry and exit, and promote excellent hand hygiene by staff;
- Clearly displayed conditions of entry on their entrance, website and social media platforms;
- Designating a staff member whose responsibilities include ensuring staff and clients have appropriate physical distancing and that the venue does not exceed the maximum capacity limit and;
- Measures to maximise distancing between staff where safe and practical, including assigning staff to specific work stations that are at least 1.5 metres apart and minimising any interaction between these stations;
- Encourage download of the COVID-safe app.
“Whilst this is positive news, the key is introducing practices to protect the safety of both customers and beauticians,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“It is vital staff and clients of beauty and nail salons abide by the one person per four square metres rule with no more than 10 clients at any one time.”
It is unclear when massage parlours will be permitted to reopen.