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Time limit on haircuts scrapped as Australian government reassesses some coronavirus restrictions

Hairdressers have not been closed through COVID-19 social distancing measures. Source: AAP

The 30-minute time limit on haircuts has been lifted while states can now provide exemptions for the 10-person limit for funerals.

The 30-minute restriction on haircuts has been lifted as the Federal Government tinkers with measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

But the prime minister says the four square metre rule per person must be strictly followed by hairdressers and barbers, and personal contact during appointments must be minimised.

States and territories can also provide exemptions to the 10-person limit for funerals in cases of hardship, Scott Morrison said on Thursday.

The revision to the time limit on haircuts was made following feedback on the practical implementation of the measures. 

Hairdressers have been allowed to remain open amid the COVID-19 outbreak, despite many other services being shut down from Thursday. 

Hairdresser must still implement social distancing measures in their stores.
Hairdresser must still implement social distancing measures in their stores.
AAP

But the Australian Hairdressing Council's Sandy Chong has slammed the decision saying the profession is being put at risk by allowing them to operate.

Ms Chong called the decision to keep their services open "outrageous" in a video posted on social media. 

"It's outrageous because all of our hairdressers and our barbers health and safety is at risk," she said. 

"It must be decided that our businesses have the right to close - what I'm asking of you is that you ramp up anything you can on social media that hairdressing and barbering must close."

Restrictions on services have now suspended the operations of auctions, beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas and massage parlours. 

Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gaming venues, strip clubs, amusement parks, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres and swimming pools have also been closed.

Others required to shut their doors include galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites, libraries, community centres, and youth centres and community facilities like clubs and RSLs. 

While cafes, restaurants and bars have only been permitted to offer takeaway services.

Australians must stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. Indoors, there must be a density of no more than one person per four square metres of floor space.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (don’t visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

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