‘Since when did you need a haircut to survive a pandemic?’

HAIRDRESSER Jacalyn Cuneen reckons a male must have decided the new 30-minute rule for haircuts announced by the federal government last night.

Casino's Freedom Hairdressing is extra busy today as clients rush to get their hair coloured and complete before midnight when the federal government's new 30-minute rule comes into effect.

"We're trying to fit everyone in, "Ms Cuneen said.

After today, she said the focus will be on pensioner haircuts and men as both take less than half an hour.

Amanda O'Reilly, owner of Amanda's Hair and Beauty in Kyogle expected the government to shut down hairdressers in the new COVID-19 restrictions.

"It's very sad as I've not yet been open a year," Ms O'Reilly said.

The new Black Comb Barbershop in Barker St in Casino has shut down.

"I can cut lady hair in 20 minute but only the gentleman style cuts on them but it's not worth the risk. I've had to shut my shop down," Michael Day said.

Bianca Day said her husband was setting a great example.

"Haircuts are not a necessary when people lives are on the line. I'm so proud of you," she said

Rowan McCabe agreed and posted on Facebook:

"With all respect to hairdressers, they are not essential services and should be shut. You cannot maintain the required physical distance and have a hair cut by someone else. Seriously you do not need a hair cut and if you do then you need to chat with the people you are isolating with."

It is a strange ruling - the 30-minute one - given that coronavirus can obviously transmit in seconds. And a hairdressers can hardly keep the social distancing rule of 4 sqm and stay safe despite their efforts to sanitise.

Emma Betterridge wrote on Facebook;

"The real question is: since when did you need a haircut to survive a worldwide pandemic?"

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