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NSW + VIC BEAUTY SALONS TO REOPEN – but what does that mean for salon owners?

Posted May 25, 2020

On Sunday it was announced that a range of beauty salons are allowed to reopen under revised state-level legislation across NSW and Victoria as of June 1.

The past few weeks have been incredibly disruptive for business, but for few more so than our Beauty Salons. This time has been so challenging for salon owners, and we have heard from many beauty members about the stress and frustration they are feeling at the closure of their businesses.


HABA has been fighting for beauty salon owners at all levels of government in all states to try to get the restrictions relaxed or lifted as soon as possible, within the guidelines for safe work and in the best interest of salon owners. We are so pleased to announce that those salon owners who want to open their doors are able to get back to business under these revised laws.


Seemingly, the overwhelming amount of feedback from industry groups like HABA and Salon owners has helped our cause, with NSW health minister Brad Hazzard saying “Of all the requests that I’ve had in the last three months, this has topped the barrel.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also reported receiving a similar amount of pressure, admitting “It’s fair to say I’ve been lobbied by half (of) the population.”

Here are the state-level rules when it comes to reopening across beauty:


Beauty Salons (which includes beauty, nail, waxing and tanning salons) can open and operate from 1 June, however they must develop a COVID-19 safety plan that addresses how they will minimise risk from COVID-19. Safety plans will include measures such as:

  • Only 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
  • 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
  • Ensuring good hand hygiene facilities are available, including at venue entry and exit, and promoting 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
  • Encouraging download of the COVID-safe app



Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours can open for services from June 1 with up to 20 patrons. All client information also must be recorded when accepting bookings.


We are so excited to see beauty salon owners be able to get back to work and start working on their business again. HABA supports our members, from both the Hair AND Beauty Industries and we are pleased to see that our voices are being heard at state government levels. For advice on managing YOUR Covid Safe plan in salon, HABA members can call the advice line on (02) 9221 9911 and speak to our team of legal specialists. Together, we can bounce back from Covid-19.



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