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When Will Beauty Salons ReOpen in Australia Due to COVID-19?

A State-by-State Guide to When Beauty Salons Will Be Reopening Around Australia

Update: On Sunday, May 24, Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters in a press briefing that beauty salons will be allowed to reopen as of June 1, "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?" said Hazzard.

"We will have them open on 1 June. 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. I've even had text messages in the middle of other meetings, telling me how bad acrylic nails were. I didn't even know there was such a thing as acrylic nails, but I'm very pleased to say that they are now open."

He also urged salon owners to ensure that social distancing measures and COVID-safe plans were still in place ahead of reopening. "Before you open on June 1 you must have a COVID-safe plan. Look at what is actually being advised by New South Wales Health and the public health officials and make sure you develop your own.

"It depends on the size of your premises, for example. If you don't have the requisite 4 square metres for each of your clients and if you can't maintain the 1.5 metres social distancing, then obviously you shouldn't have as many people in there as you used to have. Your task is to not only deliver the services that people need and want, but also make sure they are kept safe."

As of right now, most salons will remain closed until June 1, but it also largely depends on each individual state and in some cases, the business itself. If you're wondering when things will reopen in your area, we've listed out the current restrictions and guidelines for each state below and will update them as each state announces their plans.

Original article:

On March 25, the public health order announced by the Australian government required all non-essential businesses close their doors in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Leaving avid beauty lovers around the country unable to access salon services for months, many resorting to at-home alternatives to get by.

Flash forward to today and Australia has successfully flattened the curve and is now looking towards easing lock-down measures, but what does this mean for beauty salons — including spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours or massage parlours?

New South Wales

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

All beauty salons, spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, massage and tattoo parlours and piercing studios are to remain closed for now. This does not apply to premises offering health services provided by registered health practitioners.

Although, as of May 2, some salons can open for retail purposes (selling products).

Find out more here.

Queensland

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

Beauty therapy (cosmetic injections, tanning, waxing and nail salons) will remain closed for now with the only exception of cosmetic injections which must be provided by health practitioners registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

Tattoo parlours, body piercing, skin implants, hair implants, microneedling will remain closed unless provided by health practitioners registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

Spas and massage parlours currently remain closed.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractors and podiatry remain open and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Find out more here.

Victoria

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

All beauty salons, spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons and massage parlours are to remain closed for now.

Tattoo parlours, body piercing, skin implants, hair implants, microneedling: Will remain closed unless provided by health practitioners registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractors and podiatry remain open and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Find out more here.

ACT

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

All beauty salons, spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, massage and tattoo parlours and piercing studios are to remain closed for now.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractors and podiatry remain open and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Find out more here.

Western Australia

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

All beauty salons, spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, massage and tattoo parlours and piercing studios are to remain closed for now.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractors and podiatry remain open and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Find out more here.

South Australia

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

All beauty salons, spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, massage and tattoo parlours and piercing studios are to remain closed for now.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractors and podiatry remain open and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Find out more here.

Northern Territory

They're doing it a little differently in the NT as they're further along in their reopening plans for the territory. Businesses will open on a case by case basis once they prove that they can comply with health and safety measures issued by the government. Best to check with your local salon for this one.

Find out more here.

Tasmania

Hairdressers and barber shops can remain operational with no more than one person per 4 square metres, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

All beauty salons, spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, massage and tattoo parlours and piercing studios are to remain closed for now.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractors and podiatry remain open and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Find out more here.

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