PM backflips on half-hour hairdresser appointments

MANY of Cumberland’s brave hairdressers and barbers are soldiering on with or without their staff, despite taking a hit during the Covid-19 crisis.

The days of making regular beauty appointments and enjoying monthly facials, manicures and pedicures are over after further changes were announced last week, but the 30-minute appointment rule regarding hairdressers has been relaxed.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded to fierce backlash on the rule backflipping on that decision.
Auburn’s Black Diamond Hair & Beauty owner Ferman Kul is relieved the 30-minute appointment rule has been relaxed but says he needs more customers to walk through the doors.
“We are taking all the safety precautions and the salon is large so there is no confined spacing issue,” he said.
Fatana’s Makeover House in Guildford has lost 50 per cent of their business over the banning of beauty services.
“It’s devastating,” staffer Jane said.
“But we are thankful we still have the hair side of the business going.
“It’s also a big relief that the 30-minute appointments have been relaxed because there is not much you can do in just half an hour so that is very welcome news.”
The owner of SF Hair Design on Auburn Road, Fuat Unao, is very concerned at the lack of customers, though welcomes the lifting of appointment restrictions.
“Business is down everywhere; I’m looking out of my window at an empty street,” he said.
“I don’t know how much longer I can last.
“I’ve let my two staff stay home as we don’t have the demand. Only a couple of customers a day which isn’t enough to pay the power bill or rent and I just bought a house so am very worried at the moment.”
Lidcombe’s Blonde & Brunettes owner Sara Jahani says it is a huge relief the 30-minute appointment rule has been lifted.
“That was good news as you can’t do anything in half an hour but we need more than that.”