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Hair and beauty services – New South Wales

Current as of 11 January 2021, at 10:20 AEST

Face masks are mandatory in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) in the following indoor settings:

  • shops, supermarkets and shopping centres
  • bank branches, post offices and Service NSW centres
  • public and shared transport, including waiting areas
  • indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas and theatres
  • gaming areas in licensed premises and betting agencies
  • premises used for public worship, including places of worship
  • hair and beauty premises
  • residential aged-care and disability-care facilities — if you’re a visitor or staff
  • hospitality venues — if you’re staff and have a customer-facing role

Children aged 12 and under, and those who can’t for health reasons, do not have to wear a mask.

On-the-spot fines of $200 will be given to individuals for non-compliance. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

More than 25 people can attend the following businesses if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres at each premises.

  • hairdressers and barbers
  • nail, beauty, waxing and tanning salons, and spas
  • tattoo and massage parlours
  • physiotherapists and remedial or therapeutic massage

More than 25 people can attend sex-on-premises venues if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres — excluding staff.

You must keep 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with, and observe good hygiene rules. If you’re not feeling well, don’t attend or work at any of these businesses.

Northern Beaches restrictions

The northern and southern areas of the Northern Beaches are now under the same restrictions as Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong restrictions

The following restrictions apply to Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains), Central Coast and Wollongong.

The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies to indoor venues.

Local government areas in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong include:

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • The Hills Shire
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter's Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku–ring–gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Paramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland Shire
  • Sydney
  • Waverly
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong
  • Woollahra

To find the local council for your suburb, visit olg.nsw.gov.au. Then click on ‘For public’ and ‘Find your local council’.

While it’s not mandatory outside the Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong regions, the NSW Government strongly recommends that you wear a face mask at indoor venues or anywhere you can’t keep 1.5 metres from others. You don’t have to wear a mask if it means you’ll have trouble breathing, if you have another health reason, or you are a child aged under 12.

For the latest updates and information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Mandatory customer check-in

All hairdressing and personal service venues in NSW must use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in app to electronically register customers.

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’.

COVID Safe Check-in is available to all businesses in NSW and is provided as part of the COVID Safe registration pack. To register, visit nsw.gov.au, then click on ‘Register as a COVID Safe business’ and then click on ‘COVID Safe registration.’

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

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