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When will beauty salons reopen in Australia? A state-by-state breakdown.

Posted May 14, 2020

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.


Beauty salons fall under Step 2 of the National ‘Roadmap to a COVIDSAFE Australia’ plan as announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week. States and Territories will move along this step-by-step plan at different times based on local conditions and changes that could occur, like localised infections and second-wave infections.


HABA have 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. As coronavirus restrictions begin to relax around Australia, HABA has collated your complete, state-by-state guide to when beauty salon owners can start to open their businesses and when we can start to go back to normal. Please note that this is an evolving situation and we will continue to update this post with the latest information as it happens.



New South Wales

Currently, hair salons and remedial or therapeutic massage services are operating and must follow the physical distancing rule of one person per four square meters.

It has now been announced that all NSW Beauty Salons can reopen from June 1.


Hairdressers can continue to operate with physical distancing rules in place, however, all other beauty services and salons remain closed for now.

It has now been announced that all VIC Beauty Salons can reopen from June 1.

Western Australia

WA’s COVID-19 roadmap shows a plan to relax restrictions from May 18 onwards, but at this stage all beauty salons and retail services remain closed (except for hairdressers), with phase three indicating a resumption of beauty therapy services.

South Australia

From Monday May 11, the South Australian Government eased restrictions, with limits on beauty and nail salons easing from June 8 onwards. This is one of the more clearly announced plan, due to South Australia’s low case rate throughout the Corona Virus pandemic. Hairdressers have continued to operate, but must be following physical distancing rules.

Northern Territory

The NT is further along in the process of returning to normal, and is currently operating businesses on a case-by-case basis, where all personal services including beauty therapy, massage and nail salons are open or closed based on the ability of the salon to practice appropriate social distancing policies. Beauty salons in the NT require each business to submit the government’s COVID-19 Safety Plan checklist before resuming operations.



As of May 13th, Beauty Salons have been cleared for reopening on May 16th for a maximum of 10 clients at a time, with COVID-safe plans in place. Currently hairdressers are operational and follow the same rules as other states, cosmetic injections that are provided by registered health practitioners are also allowed to operate.



Hairdressers in the ACT are currently operating, so long as they fall in line with physical distancing rules. However, all other beauty salons and spas are closed for now, with the next phase of the relaxation of restrictions to be announced soon. For more info head here.


For the moment, beauty salons remain closed while hairdressers are in operation. This is being regularly reviewed in Tasmania, based on advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. You can keep up to date here.


We understand that this situation is scary and confusing for Beauty salon owners. 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.

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