Restrictions eased on NSW salons

In news that will have NSW salon owners fist-pumping the air, the beauty industry has been given the go-ahead to re-open their doors, for retail sales.

With Mother’s Day approaching, the partial easing of public health orders will allow for spas, nail and beauty salons, waxing salons and tanning businesses to sell products and gift vouchers.

“As we head towards Mother’s Day, this exemption will give smaller businesses a boost as it puts them on an  even footing with larger retailers already selling beauty and personal care goods,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said. “For small business owners in rural and regional areas, the pre Mother’s Day sale is a big part of their annual profits and will help those who are already doing it tough due to drought and bushfires. It means they can put their ‘open’ sign in windows again.”

While the move signals a step towards relaxing restrictions, the four square metre rule will need to be observed within all salons.

“In-store activity will be restricted to retail sales only, including collecting goods brought online or over the phone, with customers urged to spend minimal time collecting their purchase. Services like waxing, manicures and tanning are not permitted.

“We know this is a very small concession for these businesses but hopefully if COVID-19 cases remain low, further allowances can be made in the future.

“To ensure the safety of customers and other staff, the operator of the business must ensure that any person who is unwell must not work in the business. Further, they must practise good hygiene and have hand sanitiser available.”


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