- The South African personal care sector has officially opened up for business after weeks under lockdown
- This industry includes salons, massage parlours and even tattoo parlours
- Briefly.co.za explores the new rules this sector must adhere to in order to conduct business
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From Friday night all salons, tattoo and massage parlours may once again open for business.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced that the sector, facing immense economic strain, may once again operate under Level 3 of the national Covid-19 lockdown.
The government has officially published the new rules, allowing the industry to immediately begin operating once more.
The following services are allowed:
- Nail and toe treatment
- Facial treatment and make-up
- Body massage
- Tattooing and body piercing
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As per the new norm, all businesses must adhere to the same strict hygiene protocols as other companies.
Social distancing is a must and so are face masks with 'more protective masks for close facial contact'.
Aprons must be washed or changed after each customer and gloves must be changed after each job as well.
Pre-booking is 'encouraged' but not compulsory and employees older than 60 or with co-morbidities 'must be discouraged' from working.
Guests are not permitted in salons and no drinks or food may be served during treatments.
Work stations must be at least 1.5 metres apart with partitions between them. While massages and piercings are allowed, there may be 'no unnecessary touching and no scalp, neck, shoulders and arms massages at the basin'.
The government has mandated that there must be “set time limits for each treatment to minimise unnecessary interactions with customers”.
Tattoo parlours are required to use nitrile gloves, not the usual latex. These regulations apply to both formal and informal salons.
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