This just in: The Australian Government has lifted the 30 minute time limit on all hairdressing and barbering services. 

In a statement issued earlier this morning, the Morrison government announced that hairdressers and barbers would no longer be expected to adhere to a 30 minute service limit, adding that professionals must still observe the four-square-metre rule.

“Following the receipt of feedback on the practical implementation of measures announced regarding barbers and hairdressers, it was agreed by Premiers and Chief Ministers at the National Cabinet last night that the instruction regarding 30 minutes per patron will be lifted (effective immediately), but that the 4sqm rule per person must be strictly observed within the premises and that personal contact during the patron’s visit should be minimised wherever possible.”

While hairdressing salons and barbershops have been given the option to remain open, fears still mount regarding the health and safety of hair professionals given the ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases across Australia.

“Around 40,000 hairdressers and barbers continue to be at risk of as they are directly exposed to large members of the public,” shares CEO of the Australian Hairdressing Council Sandy Chong.

She continues, “The Fair Work Act, as it stands, makes it costly for businesses if they choose to stand down without the Government’s directive. The Government must close hairdressing and barbering down for the safety of our workers and the community.”

Our hearts and thoughts are with all who are experiencing hardship during these unprecedented times. We will endeavour to keep you up to date as the situation evolves.

For more information on the AHC’s efforts, follow: facebook.com/AustHairdressingCouncil