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Hair and beauty services – Victoria

Updated on 26 March 2021, at 18:00 AET


Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can open with up to 1 person per 2 square metres.

To learn more about Victoria's restrictions, visit or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.

Record keeping for contact tracing

To support contact tracing, some businesses, workplaces and premises must ask every person who attends the premise for more than 15 minutes — including staff — to provide their:

  • first name
  • phone number

All venues will be required to use the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system for electronic record keeping — venues will have a 28-day window to set this up.

Mandatory face masks

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home.

You must wear a fitted face mask in the following settings — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one:

  • on public transport
  • in rideshare vehicles, taxis and tour vehicles
  • inside airports and on flights
  • in settings such as aged-care facilities and hospitals — while indoors

If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 — or you’re a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 — you must wear a face mask if you leave your home or other accommodation for a permitted reason, such as to receive medical care. You must also wear a mask if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Exceptions include if:

  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • you can’t do your job while wearing a face mask
  • when communication is difficult for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • during emergencies

Children younger than 12 years of age don’t need to wear a face mask. Children aged 2 years or younger must not wear a face mask, because they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

Other mask information

  • The Victorian Government strongly recommends you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you can’t stay 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.
  • You can remove your mask to eat or drink if you’re out in public.
  • If you’re stopped by police in a setting where masks are mandatory, they’ll ask you to confirm the lawful reason you’re not wearing a face mask.

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