Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has published a directive outlining the new guidelines for the personal care industry as part of South Africa’s revised level 3 lockdown rules.

The directive states that the following categories of services that are deemed safe to resume operations:

  • Hairdressing;
  • Barbering;
  • Nail and toe treatment;
  • Facial treatment and make-up;
  • Body massage; and
  • Tattooing and body piercing.

Formal salons will need to adhere to the following rules:

  • Provide a hand sanitising/hand-washing station for customers before they enter the business premises;
  • Sanitise/wash hands after handling cash;
  • Encourage contactless payment where possible;
  • Disinfect common areas before and after use including after serving each customer;
  • Sanitize or wash with soap each equipment or tool before and after each use;
  • All bottles with products must be wiped down with a 70% alcohol solution after serving each customer and at the end and beginning of each business day;
  • Fresh and clean towels must be used for each customer;
  • Keep windows/doors open, if possible, to ensure adequate ventilation
  • Arrange adequate PPE for employees;
  • Masks must be worn at all times and the stylist must also wear a face shield/ visor that must be cleaned after serving each customer;
  • Aprons and gloves should be changed after each client;
  • Encourage pre-booking appointments to avoid long queues and waiting period;
  • Salons must only allow customers inside if the 1.5 -meter distance can be maintained;
  • Employees and owners above the age of 60 or with comorbidities must be discouraged from working;
  • Use a booking system for treatment appointment;
  • No guests allowed;
  • Suspend the provision of all beverage and food amenities for customers.