AFTER NEARLY THREE MONTHS OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS the Victorian premier Andrew Daniels announced last Sunday that lockdown restrictions would be easing, making way for salons and clinics to re-open on November 1st

It was announced that hairdressing services can return a week earlier, leading to strong reaction from the beauty industry.  While we strongly objected to this decision, Mr Andrews said that if cases continue to remain low, the date could potentially be brought forward.

“If we continue to track well on the most important indicators – case averages, mystery cases, test numbers and the number of days people wait before they get tested – we may be in a position to move sooner,” Mr Andrews said. “My commitment to Melburnians: we’ll review this data each and every day this week and when we get to next weekend, if we can move any earlier and do it safely, we will.”

When the much-awaited third step kicks in, Victoria will move from “stay home” to “stay safe”. What that means for beauty salons is that they can only perform services that allow both the therapist and the client to continue to wear face masks.  That means that scalp treatments, eye treatments, hand, feed and body treatments will only be able to resume.  To ensure that salons are ready for business on November 1 (assuming that is the go-ahead date), they will be permitted to have staff on-site from October 28, giving them time to prepare to open their doors to their clients.