Treat yourself - Salons, nail bars now back in business





Say goodbye to bad hair days and broken nails. Salons and many other personal beauty services are now free to operate, albeit under strict conditions.

The Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has given the green light for formal and informal businesses in the industry to open after being closed since the beginning of the national lockdown in March.

This includes:

  • Hairdressers;
  • Barbershops;
  • Nail salons
  • Beauty parlours – makeup artists and masseuses; and
  • Tattoo and piercing parlours.

Ntshavheni said that all personal care businesses that are allowed to operate will need to adhere to the following basic safety principles:

  • Frequent hand washing,
  • Maintaining social distancing between customers and staff wherever possible,
  • The use of cloth masks and visors at all times,
  • The cleaning and disinfecting of touch areas and equipment, and
  • Insisting on contactless payments when possible.

To ensure the safety of employees and clients, workers must be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) such as visors and facemasks.

PPE must be cleaned or replaced after serving each customer.

“No customer will be served without wearing a mask. Aprons must be changed after serving each customer and reuse can only be done after the apron has been washed with water and soap. Where gloves are required for treatments, they should be changed after each client and should not be shared under any conditions,” said the minister.

Ntshavheni also urged businesses to work by appointment only and to avoid long queues, while queuing customers must follow social distancing rules at all times.

Furthermore, employers and employees above the age of 60, as well as those with comorbidities, are encouraged to stay at home.

Anyone displaying flu-like symptoms must be barred from the premises and instructed to contact their healthcare provider.

A record must be kept documenting the details of everyone entering the premises each day for contact tracing purposes.

The provision of all snacks and drinks is prohibited

All bottled products must be wiped down with a 70% alcohol solution after serving each customer, and fresh and clean towels must be used for each customer to minimize the risk of transmission between employees and customers.

With regards to standard operating procedures for informal tattooing body piercing studios, owners must only admit to the premises' customers who are to receive treatment.

“Needles, razors and [other equipment] must be provided for each work area,” the Minister said, adding that no face and neck treatments will be allowed. 

In the President’s address last week, he acknowledged that the disease and the measures taken to fight it have caused a massive disruption in the lives of the people, bringing the economy to a standstill and threatening the livelihoods of millions.

Therefore, he said, through the easing of the lockdown, the government continues to balance the overruling objective of saving lives and preserving livelihoods.

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