Coronavirus: Australia reverses 30 minute hair appointment rule

A hairdresser colors a customer"s hair in Brisbane, Australia, 25 March 2020Image copyright EPA
Image caption Hairdressers have been allowed to maintain working in Australia

Australia has reversed a choice to restrict hairdressing appointments to simply 30 minutes following a backlash.

However, whereas appointments can now go on for longer, hairdressers and barbers should nonetheless observe the “four square metre per person” rule.

Salons have been allowed to stay open, regardless of different companies being closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

But some have known as for all salons and barbers to be shut through the outbreak, which has killed 13 in Australia.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a number of new restrictions, which noticed play centres, libraries and museums closed from midnight on Wednesday.

However, the prime minister stated that hairdressers and barbers might stay open so long as companies maintained social distancing, restricted the variety of clients inside their premises and restricted appointments to 30 minutes.

But Just Cuts chief govt Denis McFadden stated sustaining social distance could be inconceivable.

“We need the government now to shut us down,” he stated.

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Speaking in a video filmed in one in all his firm’s salons, Mr McFaddon added: “Does this make sense? I’m touching this client’s hair, and our stylists are doing this every day.”

He added that till the choice to shut all hairdressers was taken, no provisions may very well be made to take care of employees.

“When that happens, there will be a safety net for our staff and also the landlords might be sympathetic to the rents that we’re going to be paying,” he stated.

“I plead for the state and federal governments to consider that this is dangerous.”

Separately on Wednesday, a hairdresser in South Africa was charged with tried homicide after defying a physician’s order to self-quarantine.

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