When NSW beauty services will open back up: All the dates

Anton NilssonNCA NewsWire
Celebrity hair salon owner Marilyn Koch can’t wait to get back in business.
Camera IconCelebrity hair salon owner Marilyn Koch can’t wait to get back in business. Credit: News Corp Australia

Celebrity hair salon owner Marilyn Koch has invited Gladys Berejiklian to come get a cut once NSW hits 80 per cent double vaccinations.

On the Monday after that target is reached – currently projected for October 15 – hairdressers and other beauty salons will be able to book as many clients as they want, as long as they follow the 4 sqm rule.

“We’d love to give Gladys a haircut, she’s worked very hard,” said Ms Koch, long-term business partner of hairdresser to the stars Joh Bailey.

Most of the state’s hairdressers have been closed for months, and shaggy-haired residents have been eager to get back in a beautician's chair.

Even NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns has begged for salons to “please” reopen after a Twitter user called him out on his wild hairdo.

According to the state’s three-stage reopening plan, which was fleshed out significantly on Monday, hairdressers and beauty services such as nails, eyebrows, waxing and tanning will be allowed to book five fully vaccinated clients at a time once the state vaccinates 70 per cent of its population.

That’s currently projected to happen on October 6, and the reopening would be the following Monday, October 11.

About a week later, the 80 per cent target could be met, which would mean the five-person cap would be scrapped.

“Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 4 sqm (uncapped),” government media officials wrote in a fact sheet circulated to reporters.

On December 1, the third stage of the plan will kick in.

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Camera IconGladys Berejiklian announced the three-stage reopening plan on Monday. NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip Credit: News Corp Australia

That date will involve two important changes for beauty salons: unvaccinated people will be allowed to make a booking, and the 4 sqm rule will be eased to 2 sqm.

That means each person in the establishment only needs to have two square metres to themselves.

Ms Koch said she had already begun to be bombarded with booking requests from people looking to get their first cut in months.

“I can’t tell you how many phone calls and emails I’m getting,” she said.

“But I’ve been sort of hesitant to take bookings, because we haven’t had any certainty (about the future rules).”

But given Monday’s announcement, Ms Koch said she would begin staffing receptionists again at her three salons.

“I feel grateful to be able to get back in the game,” she said.

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Camera IconCelebrity hair salon owner Marilyn Koch can’t wait to get back in business. Credit: News Corp Australia

Australian Hairdressing Council marketing manager Jenny Burns said many in the industry were disappointed by the five-person cap that will limit business from October 11.

“It’s unfair, because you might have a pub or a gym next door that’s got an equivalent space, but they can have lots of patrons and we can only have five,” she said.

“But it’s a relief to get some clarification on what’s going to happen at 80 per cent, everyone has been wondering when they’re going to announce it.”

Originally published as When NSW beauty services will open back up: All the dates

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