The government has published protocols in the government gazette for personal care services like hairdressers, barbers and tattoo artists including the provision of sanitisers and regular cleaning and these come into effect from Friday. This means that these businesses can effectively start operating provided they observe the protocols.
The protocols include the wearing of masks and that hair salon workers wash their hands with warm water and soap before and after doing each customer’s hair.
The wiping of all hair product bottles with a sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol is another requirement.
Similar protocols have been published for barbers and tattoo artists and for those operating informal establishments.
DA takes government to court over salons ban
The Democratic Alliance took Cooperative Governance Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to court over salons ban. The party wanted to overturn a ban on hairdressers and others in the personal care industry under Level 3 of the lockdown.
DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean Mcpherson said the ban was unconstitutional and irrational.
Good, the President has realised personal care services, within safety protocols, can be resumed. At last. Why did it take court cases for this to happen?
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) June 17, 2020
Beauty industry hardest hit by COVID-19 impact
The hair and beauty industry sector is among the hardest hit by the lockdown. Many owners fear they won’t be able to recover once they are allowed to operate again.
A simple query on a Facebook page for hairdressers and beauty industry experts led to a flood of responses. Many are in dire straits as a result of the lockdown.
Below are the personal services protocols to be observed: