Australia COVID-19 2021 lockdown updates

[UPDATE} It’s Wednesday 28 July 2021 and South Australia and Victoria are both emerging from lockdown into states of heightened restrictions with social distancing rules and mask mandates in place.

The ABC reports that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will announced a 4-week extension to the NSW lockdown in this morning’s briefing.

It appears beauty salons and other beauty businesses in New South Wales regions under lockdown will be barred from operating until at least the end of August 2021.

[UPDATE] It’s Tuesday 27 July 2021 and it looks like Victoria is set to end lockdown this week, although enhanced restrictions and mask mandates will remain in place, which means clients and employees in beauty businesses will be required to wear masks, except where the client needs to remove a mask for a treatment.

South Australia’s lockdown is also ending at 12:01am tomorrow, Wednesday 28 July 2021, although social distancing and mask mandates will still be in place.

Premier Steven Marshall said he wanted there to be a “very high level” of ongoing use “of masks in our community”.  That means masks are required in personal care services like beauty salons. “It really is one of our best protections,” Mr Marshall said.

An apartment block in western Sydney is under mandatory 14-day quarantine after a half dozen residents tested positive for COVID-19.

[UPDATE] It’s Wednesday 21 July 2021 and Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Councils have been added to the growing list of locked down areas in NSW. The regional lockdown will last from 12:01am Wednesday 21 July 2021 to 12:01am Wednesday 28 July 2021. Get more official government information at

[UPDATE] It’s Tuesday 20 July 2021 and South Australia will enter lockdown from 6pm tonight. That means all hair, beauty and personal care services in the state are required to close for the next seven days. We will update our site with relevant small-business lockdown funding information and links as it becomes available for South Australian beauty businesses.

Victoria’s snap lockdown, its fifth, has been extended by seven days until 12:00am on Wednesday 28 July. Hair, beauty and personal care services will remain closed until then. The Victorian Business Support Package has been reopened for applications for the current lockdown and we will contact Business Victoria to find out about any additional funding opportunities, particularly for micro businesses.

[UPDATE] It’s Monday 19 July 2021 and South Australia has imposed level four restrictions from midnight tonight due to the developing situation with local positive COVID cases. All local personal care businesses need to close until Friday 23 July 2021, when the restrictions will be reviewed and updated.

Victoria’s state-wide lockdown has been extended beyond the original end date of Tuesday at midnight. Premier Dan Andrews has not given an anticipated end date. Funding for small businesses affected in Victoria has been announced and the first tranch of small business funding in NSW is open to applications from today. Funding for micro businesses opens for applications on 26 July 2021.

Construction in the Greater Sydney locked down LGAs is now banned for the duration of the enhanced lockdown, and Sydney public transit will be operating on a Sunday timetable at all times to reduce mobility.

No news that would affect beauty businesses has been reported from the other states today.

[UPDATE] It has been reported by the ABC that the state of Victoria will go into a snap lockdown from midnight tonight, Thursday 15 July 2021, after more than a dozen cases linked to a Sydney removalist were reported. Details of how long it will last have not been confirmed. This is Victoria’s fifth lockdown to date.

Victorian beauty businesses, you will, very unfortunately, know what this means… you will need to close effectively midnight tonight.

We will report on what funding is available to you, including the newly expanded Business Support package and the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, for which the liquid asset test has been scraped and payments to will be fast tracked to individuals after the first week.

NSW lockdown has been extended “at least” until Friday 30th of July, midnight and Victoria has re-introduced indoor mask-wearing rules. Details of the new joint federal-NSW government support package are now public and help everyone from individuals to micro businesses, SMEs, landlords and more. Access information around federal cash flow boosts to small, medium, and micro-businesses here and hear about how other beauty businesses are coping with the NSW lockdown here.

There is a mask mandate in across specific Queensland LGAs with the new cases reported there, and there are travel restrictions in place between several states and regions within states as well.

[UPDATE] NSW lockdown ends Friday, 16th of July, at midnight, as of today but it is likely to drag on, with the Premier saying that she will make an announcement by Thursday if there is an extension. This applies to all beauty business in the locked-down LGAs. Details of the new “cash flow boost” funding package will be released later today, Tuesday 13 July 2021.

Berejiklian says she hopes this is the last lockdown Sydney experiences before sufficient rates of vaccination are achieved. Berejiklian emphasised the importance of “reduced mobility” for the greater Sydney area, which informed the government’s decision to keep schools closed the week after school holidays end.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: There is media consensus that Premier Gladys Berejiklian is preparing to announce a one-week extension of the NSW lockdown. Restrictions were initially expected to end Friday 9th of July at midnight. We are awaiting the premiers update at 11 am today and will report any additional information, including whether there will be any allowances or additional support for beauty businesses, later today. Stay tuned.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: It’s Tuesday morning and lockdown is over in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and NSW is waiting with bated breath to find out if the state’s lockdown will be extended another week. Both ended on Saturday, although precautionary restrictions remain in place. That means beauty businesses everywhere except the NSW lockdown areas can operate with enhanced COVID-safe measures that include checking in and everyone wearing masks indoors, except clients while receiving treatments that require their removal. Beauty industry in several NSW LGAs remains shuttered until Saturday 10 July.

Strict stay-at-home orders until 11:59 pm 9 July 2021 are in place in large swaths of densely populate NSW in an attempt to slow down the transmission of the virus. Other states have also imposed restrictions and lockdown orders over the weekend. We will update restrictions here for each state as they change.


If you are a beauty business in one of the areas under stay-at-home orders, you should be closed until 11:59pm on 30 July. The latest cash flow boost from the the federal and state government has been announced and details are here and at Services NSW.

Stay-at-home orders are in place in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11:59pm on 30 July 2021 and schools will remain closed for the weeks following school holidays. A public health order is in place stating you should only leave your home for essential services, outdoor exercise, to provide care or education. You can travel to your place of work if you are not able to work remotely, but a mask must be worn the entire time and social distancing rules followed.

Tighter restrictions have been announced for regional NSW. Anyone who has been in one of the 35 NSW LGAs under lockdown on or after 21 June 2021, should also follow stay-at-home orders for 14 days.

If you are a beauty business owner, you and your employees must wear a mask at all times. Clients must wear a mask unless you are doing a treatment that requires they remove the mask, and they must replace their mask after the treatment is done. Follow social distancing rules (1 person per 4sqm) and require everyone to use the COVID Safe check-in app.

Find out more at the NSW Government website here and the PB article on NSW stay-at-home orders is here.

NSW individuals in lockdown for more than 7 days who are eligible can apply for a COVID-19 Disaster Payment.


If you are a Victorian beauty business owner (regional and Greater Melbourne), you and your employees must wear a mask indoors. Clients must wear a mask unless you are doing a treatment that requires they remove the mask, and they must replace their mask after the treatment is done. Follow the current social distancing rules/density limits in place.

The state has continued to relax COVID-19 restrictions after no local cases reported. A hard border has been enacted with NSW and ACT due to the recent outbreak in NSW.

Find out more at the Victoria Government website here.


Beauty businesses are operating and masks are not mandatory but are encouraged for all. It is not mandatory for all people over the age of 16 to check in at every retail location they visit.

The government website says “We encourage you to wear a face mask where physical distancing is not possible, such as public transport or crowded indoor venues. Face masks will continue to be mandatory for all domestic air travel and while in the Canberra Airport, as well as for people under stay-at-home requirements while in the community. You should also continue to follow the advice on mask wearing in high risk settings, such as hospitals, health facilities and residential aged care facilities While there is currently no community transmission, masks will add another line of defence as we work to keep COVID-19 out of Canberra.”

Find out more at the ACT Government website here.


Masks are not currently mandatory for employees and clients in beauty businesses but are encouraged in places where you cannot socially distance.

Find more information at the SA Government site here.


The Perth and Peel regions have emerged from lockdown (as of Friday 2 July) and masks were required indoor until 12 July.

Masks are encouraged for employees and clients in beauty businesses. You can ask clients to wear a mask unless you are doing a treatment that requires they remove the mask, and they should replace their mask after the treatment is done.

Restrictions apply to all businesses and people in the Perth and Peel regions.

Find more information at the WA Government site here.


New local cases of COVID-19 in Queensland means the mask mandate is still in effect for another week for the 11 LGAs of: Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.

Beauty business may operate so long as:

  • Masks are worn in indoors, which would include beauty establishments.
  • Your business follows the one person per 4m² inside mandate, while smaller venues up to 200m² are allowed one person per 2m² with a maximum of 50 people.

Masks are mandatory for employees and clients in beauty businesses. Clients must wear a mask unless you are doing a treatment that requires they remove the mask, and they must replace their mask after the treatment is done.

Find out more at the Queensland Government website here.


Lockdown has been lifted in all areas in the Northern Territory and beauty businesses can operate. Masks are encourage indoors when you are unable to stay more than 1.5 metres away from other people, which includes beauty businesses. All businesses are required to have a unique QR code and all visitors are required to sign in.

All clients must check in using the Territory Check In app.

Find more information at the NT Department of Health here.

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