Here you will find the current COVID rules and regulations for the SA Hair & Beauty Industry, as well as some additional helpful tips on how you can ensure your salon is COVID-19 safe!
Last Updated – 24th August 2021
WEARING A MASK IS CURRENTLY MANDATORY
Masks must be worn by the person providing the service AND the client. A mask can be removed by a client when necessary for the provision of the personal care service. Please note, however, the mask may only be removed for the time taken to perform the specific service, e.g. lip waxing. Naturally throughout this time the provider of the service is wearing a mask.
CREATE YOUR COVID-SAFE PLAN
The COVID-Safe Plan is mandatory for the hair & beauty industry and must be available at your premises at all time. Read through your plan thoroughly and ensure you are abiding but all of the guidelines detailed in it. Find out everything you need to know here. If you already have a COVID Safe Plan, please note that updated versions were sent out via email on 29 June 2021.
CONTACT TRACING IS REQUIRED
The COVID Safe Plan also includes a QR code, which needs to be displayed in the salon, with all clients required to use the QR code to ‘check in’. If a client does not have a smartphone and is therefore unable to use the QR code check in system, they must fill out this form.
3 PEOPLE PER 4 SQUARE METRES
In your salon, you can have a maximum of 3 people per 4 square metres. The exact number of people you can have in your salon will be detailed in your COVID Safe Plan (last sent out via email from SA GOV on 12 August 2021), where you’ll need to provide the size of your salon. You must take reasonable steps to maintain 1.5m physical distancing. Obviously, this is a challenge with our industry, but distance needs to be kept between clients.
COVID MARSHALL REQUIRED IF YOU ARE SERVING FOOD AND/OR DRINKS
This includes if you are serving water, tea, coffee etc. Absolutely no communal food or drinks.
The virus can live on surfaces for several hours, even days, so many salons have chosen to remove communal objects, like magazines. This is a recommendation as there are no rules in place stating you cannot have magazines in the salon.
DISPOSABLES WHERE POSSIBLE
Use disposable cups and plates when serving drinks and food, as well as disposable capes and towels. This is a recommendation.
NO UNNECESSARY CONTACT
We all know that working in the hair & beauty industry requires a lot of close contact with clients, however, keep this to the absolute minimum. This means no handshakes, hugging etc.
SANITISE, SANITISE, SANITISE!
Wash your hands regularly. Have clients use hand sanitiser upon arrival or wash their hands with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds as soon as they enter the salon, as well as before they leave. Use sanitiser to wipe down stations and basins between clients. Clean all equipment including tools, capes, towels etc between clients. Receive 41.25% off RRP for the Plantworx Sanitiser Range when you order through SAHBA Board Director, Sue Treloar, 0419 144 479
Communicate with your clients. Let them know the policies and procedures you have in place. Ask them if they have any symptoms and whether they have come into contact with the virus. If they answer yes to any of those questions, you should kindly ask them to return when they are feeling better or have been quarantined for the appropriate amount of time. ALL clients (including walk-ins) need to have their name and contact number recorded (this should be done via the QR Code in your COVID Safe Plan.
Some salons are also implementing temperature checks upon arrival. Contactless Infrared Forehead Thermometers from Plantworx are available at a discounted price via SAHBA Board Director, Sue Treloar, 0419 144 479. This is just a recommendation.
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