'No longer viable': Hair salons respond to new restrictions
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison unveiled further social restrictions last night, with Bowen hairdressers and salons just some of the local businesses to be affected by the new rules.
Under the latest changes beauty therapy studios, nail salons, spas, massage services, tanning and waxing services will have to close, while hairdressers and barbers must restrict appointments to 30 minutes or less.
The new rules will come into effect as of midnight tonight.
Platinum Hair Lounge owner Jenna Johnson said she would be closing her doors on Saturday, saying it was no longer viable to remain open.
"Ninety per cent of my clients are colours, most of bookings are cut and colours together," she said.
"If you've just put a big colour order in, you can't pay the bills by just trimming hair.
"I was planning on closing and working out of home anyway, this has just pushed it forward. It's just not viable anymore."
With the situation evolving rapidly, Mrs Johnston said it was "a big wait and see game" and she was glad she didn't have employees who would be laid off by her closure.
"It's just me here, I feel for other salons that may need to lay off staff," she said.
Hooked on Hair owner Robyn Plate said they had already been staggering their appointments to abide by social distancing rules, and the new announcement would mean that hair colouring appointments would be unavailable for the time being.
"We're just trying to work around it as best we can, we're all just doing the best we can," she said.
"They've said we can't have people in the salon for more than 30 minutes, with colours that's really hard.
"We've already been staggering our appointments so we've only had one person in at a time."
Mrs Plate said their priority right now was looking after clients and they would not "put anyone in harm's way."
Mrs Plate said they were taking each day, and each new restriction, "as it comes" and were confident that the community would be very supportive of local businesses when normal business resumed.
"We just don't know, tomorrow we could be shut down, if the next stage comes," she said.
"We've got a really good community here, they are very supportive of us both in Bowen and Collinsville.
"Once it all blows over, people who've been locked up, everyone is going to want to go out and do things like get their hair done."
Alongside new restrictions on hairdressers, amusement parks and arcades, community halls and pools, auction houses, real estate auctions will close and open house inspections will cease.
Food courts in shopping centres will have to do to takeaway only.
People at weddings and funerals will be required to maintain the four square metre rule, with weddings limited to only five people and funerals being restricted to 10.