With Victoria easing restrictions from stage 4 lockdown to stage 3 there is much concern within our industry surrounding how to navigate around the wearing of masks when performing treatments.

The broad directive we have received from the Victorian Government is that our industry can operate providing that both the therapist and the client are wearing their masks.

While this allows services to target the eyes, scalp, decolletage, and the rest of the body, these restrictions make it very difficult to perform any facial treatments.

We are receiving two frequent questions and we would like to address these here:

Q1: WHEN WILL THESE RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED SO THAT WE CAN PERFORM FACIALS?

Answer: There is no fixed date that we have been given in regards to the easing of restrictions further. This is subjective to the infection numbers staying low and not increasing during the days ahead. Let’s believe that this will be very soon. We can confirm that we are putting pressure on the government and making them fully aware that these restrictions are severely hindering the ability of our industry to provide most of the treatments that we offer and will be closely monitoring the situation.

Q1:  I WANT TO PERFORM EYEBROW COSMETIC TATTOOING, HOWEVER, TO MAP MY PROCEDURES I WILL NEED TO VIEW THE WHOLE FACE FOR APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES.  IS THERE A WAY AROUND THIS?

Answer:  The intention of the masks is to protect the transmission of any potential viral contamination that can be released through vapor or aerosols when speaking.  The way to get around that is to allow the client to temporarily remove their mask for a brief moment to allow you to determine the eyebrow shape as it relates to the face.

You should be still wearing your mask. During that time both you and the client must refrain from speaking.  Once you have assessed how you will progress with your procedure you can nod to your client to reapply their mask and then proceed with your treatment.  During the removal and reapplication of the mask, the front of the mask should not be touched.

At this time, we need to cautiously navigate and comply with these restrictions and stay committed to moving forward.

What we have experience with Victoria has been mentally and financially devastating. The current measure of infection control while good is not considered by the government as stringent enough. We have identified the need to step up the safety issues with new strategies.

We are pleased to announce that after much collaboration, hard work, and financial investment, we have developed a new more stringent program that will provide a stronger position against the impact of potential future lockdowns of our industry sector.

Our new edition the PAN001: PANDEMIC INFECTION CONTROL PROGRAM, is designed to bring a higher level of infection control to both consumers and governments and is a valuable resource for everyone within our industry.