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BEAUTY SALONS REJOICE: Victorian Salons will be able to offer services without a face mask from 22 November

Posted November 9, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus has been felt most keenly in Melbourne, with one of the largest outbreaks and longest lockdown periods in the country. Beauty salon owners particularly have been significantly affected, with even the latest phases of eased restrictions having additional clauses which prevented salon owners for performing services to any part of the face that was covered by a mask.


The situation in Melbourne and Victoria has seen such a dramatic improvement in the past few months that we are now able to see the path back to normal service for beauty salon owners across the state.


From the 22nd of November, masks can be removed for the person receiving the service of procedure if necessary, such as facial waxing, facials, beard trimmings and piercings around the mouth, nose and cheeks.  The person providing the service must wear a face mask for the duration of the appointment.


This change is significant, allowing many profitable treatments for salon owners to be undertaken, and is particularly important just in time for the Christmas rush we see in salons.


Mr Andrews said “today is a day to be optimistic” as the state continues to drive coronavirus numbers down.

“Today is a day to be proud as Victorians of what we have been able to achieve,” he said.

“There has been a lot of pain and hurt and there is a need for healing, for investment, for all sorts of repair. The most important thing of all that all of us has to do is to stay the course on this, to be as stubborn as the virus.”

The easing of restrictions represented a safe pathway out of lockdown according to Mr. Andrews which is welcome news for business owners and residents alike.

Masks continue to be necessary across the state, as an insurance policy if you like, to ensure that any spread is limited if there are cases found.


We recommend that salon owners continue to wear masks in salon and in treatment, encourage their staff to do so, and ask anyone entering their salon to wear a mask. Some salon owners may continue to ask clients to wear a mask for treatments not requiring work to the lower half of the face, like eyelash extensions and eyebrow waxing.


We ask that all salon owners continue to take the risk of the coronavirus seriously and do their part to continue to control the virus, no matter what state you’re living in. We are all in this together.


Where to find more information

For the complete statement announcement:

For industry restriction levels in metropolitan Melbourne:

For industry restriction levels in regional Victoria:

To view the roadmap for metropolitan Melbourne restrictions:

To view the roadmap for regional Victoria restrictions:


Advice or assistance

Our advisers are ready to answer your questions. For advice on this topic, or any other workplace relations matter, please call the HABA Advice Line on 02 9221 9911.

The information contained in this article is based on information available at the time of writing (9 November 2020).


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