TIME TO SPARKLE – BEAUTY AND NAIL SERVICES RECOMMENCE JUNE 1
A perfect pick-me-up for COVID-19 blues presents on Monday, 1 June with beauty and nail salon operators allowed to begin treatments under strict COVID-safe guidelines.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this announcement is another important step in easing restrictions while maintaining public safety.
“This is great news for these small businesses who have been doing it tough since the social-distancing restrictions were introduced a couple of months ago.
“But we should always be aware, the key to the relaxing of this restriction is introducing practices to protect the safety of both customers and beauticians.
“We want to see these important businesses in all our centres like Manilla, Barraba, Walcha, Werris Creek, Tamworth and Gunnedah to open their doors again and provide a service that brings much pleasure. We don’t want to see our regional economies wither away.
“It is vital that staff and clients of beauty and nail salons abide by the one person per four square metres rule with no more than 10 clients at any one time.
“But I want to issue a caution to the elderly and people with underlying health issues on when and if they are visiting salons: stay at home rather than risk your personal safety.
“All businesses must have a COVID-19 safety plan and take precautions to protect the health of their staff and their clients,” Mr Anderson concluded.
NSW Health has compiled a checklist for the industry. Businesses must develop a safety plan that addresses how to minimise risk from COVID-19.
Businesses covered include beauty, nail, waxing and tanning salons. Once beauty salons are open, any services that normally and legally take place in a beauty salon will be able to be undertaken. Any existing rules and regulations will continue to apply.
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Safety plans will include measures such as:
• 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;
• Cleaning requirements;
• 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;
• Ensure good hand hygiene facilities are available, including at venue entry and exit, and promote 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;
• Encourage the download of the COVID-safe app.