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Hair and beauty services – New South Wales

Updated on 29 July 2021, at 13:00 AET

Mandatory face masks

You must wear a face mask in the following settings:

  • on public transport, in all indoor non-residential settings, at airports and on commercial domestic flights across NSW
  • in all common indoor areas of residential premises and certain outdoor settings in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Once people in Greater Sydney leave home for a permitted reason, they must carry a face mask with them at all times.

For more detail on current face-mask restrictions and exemptions, see the ‘Face masks’ section below.

Stay-at-home orders

Stay-at-home orders apply to people who live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in:

  • Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas
    • in addition to this stay-at-home order, if you live or are staying in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, Campbelltown or Georges River local government areas (LGA) in Greater Sydney, you can only leave your LGA to work if you are an authorised worker. If you live in one of these 8 LGAs and are not an authorised worker but can’t work from home and your workplace can stay open, you can only go to work if your workplace is located in the LGA in which you live.

Additional restrictions from 12:01am Friday 30 July 2021

If you live in Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta you will be subject to new exercise, mask and shopping rules:

  • exercise, outdoor recreation and the singles bubble visits must be done within 5kms of the person’s home
  • individuals can’t travel more than 5kms from home for shopping, unless the goods or services are not readily available in that area
  • masks must be worn at all times outside the home regardless of how close you are to others

For more information on COVID-19 rules in NSW, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney.

Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

Hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours must close.

Stay-at-home order

If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, you are subject to a stay-at-home direction. You must stay at home — unless you have a reasonable excuse and it’s absolutely necessary to leave, or you haven't been in Greater Sydney for 14 days.

If you have a reasonable excuse to and absolutely must leave your home, stay within your local area. Don’t travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.

If you’ve been in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, for any reason since Monday 21 June 2021, you must follow the stay-at-home rules for 14 days from the date you left the area.

To learn more details of the stay-at-home order, including the reasons you can leave your home, visit the NSW gathering and travel sections of the Restriction Checker.

These restrictions are expected to remain in place until 11.59pm, Saturday 28 August 2021, subject to health advice.

For more information, go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Rest of NSW

Regional NSW

  • If you were in the Greater Sydney region — including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions — on or after 21 June 2021, you should follow the stay-at-home orders for 14 days after you left Greater Sydney.
  • People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.
  • No more than 5 guests — including children — can visit a household.
  • You may have up to 25 people or 1 person per 4 square metres — whichever is greater — at other premises, although this doesn’t include outdoor stadiums, entertainment facilities and other exempt premises.
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events.

Mandatory Service NSW COVID Safe check in

All hairdressing and personal service venues in NSW must use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in app to electronically register customers, staff and visitors — for example, maintenance workers and delivery drivers.

The businesses this rule applies to include:

  • nail salons
  • beauty salons
  • hairdressing salons
  • waxing salons
  • tanning salons
  • spas
  • tattoo parlours
  • massage parlours
  • sex on premises venues
  • sex services premises
  • strip clubs

Customers who enter a venue without a mobile phone will be asked to record their details and time of entry on another device. If a business can’t access a device — such as when there’s a power outage — the venue must manually collect your contact details.

Customers can download the Service NSW app at service.nsw.gov.au. Search for ‘Service NSW Mobile App’.

For more details on the check-in requirement, a complete list of premises that are subject to this mandate and to register, visit nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe.

Face masks

  • Everyone in NSW must wear a face mask at all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights that arrive in and depart NSW.
  • Before you attend an aged-cared facility or other health setting, such as a hospital, learn their face-mask policy.
  • Children 12 years and under are exempt from wearing masks, but they’re encouraged to wear one where practicable.
  • Toddlers under 2 years of age and babies must not wear a mask, since they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

In NSW, you must wear a face mask when using or waiting for public transport and in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events.

This includes in:

  • retail or business premises that provide goods or services to members of the public who attend the premises, including
    • supermarkets
    • shopping centres (excluding an indoor recreation facility in a shopping centre)
    • bank branches and post offices
    • hairdressing, nail, beauty, tanning and waxing salons
    • spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
    • betting agencies
  • gaming lounges (any part of a licensed premises including pubs, registered clubs and casinos, that is used mainly for gaming)
  • entertainment facilities
  • places of public worship being used for public worship or religious services
  • residential aged-care facilities
  • workplaces
  • gym classes or dance classes
  • indoor recreation facilities, unless you are doing strenuous exercise
  • major recreation facilities
  • COVID-19 Safe outdoor gatherings
  • controlled outdoor gatherings

You must wear a mask if you:

  • work a hospitality venue in NSW and
  • directly deal with members of the public

If you cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, you must carry either:

  • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
  • a statutory declaration

Greater Sydney face-mask rules

People in Greater Sydney must carry a face mask with them once they leave their home, and wear one in the following settings.

You must wear a face mask when you’re in a common indoor area of a residential building that is:

  • strata titled
  • community titled
  • company titled

Common areas where you must wear a mask include:

  • a shared foyer or lobby of an apartment block
  • lifts, stairwells and corridors
  • shared laundry facilities

You do not need to wear a mask inside your own apartment.

You must also wear a face mask:

  • when you’re working outdoors
  • outdoors next to food and drink or retail premises — such as when you’re queuing outside a café
  • in indoor and outdoor areas of fresh food markets, such as the Sydney Markets at Flemington and the Sydney Fish Markets
  • at a COVID-19 Safe outdoor gathering
  • in a controlled outdoor public gathering

It’s recommended that you wear a face mask:

  • near other people you don’t live with, including your family, friends, neighbours or people you work with
  • walking in a busy street
  • near other people in a park or crowded place

From 12:01am Friday 30 July 2021, if you live in Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta, you must wear a face mask at all times outside the home regardless of how close you are to others.

For more information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/face-mask-rules.

NSW hotspots

For the latest information on COVID-19-affected locations, visit the NSW Hotspots and Case Location page on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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