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Hair and beauty sector announces updated guidelines ahead of re-opening

Taoiseach Michael Martin is expected to announce the re-opening of hairdressers and salons on Thursday, after meeting with NPHET and Cabinet.

The Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation (HABIC) has cautiously welcomed the expected announcement, and produced updated guidelines for its members across the country – as they look to welcome their customers back into salons.

The HABIC Reopening Guidelines are made up of a combination of the Government’s Work Safely Protocol, and the adoption of learnings in the sector from the first two lockdowns.

The key advice for customers of the hair and beauty sector is to follow the public health advice, and specifically the following key points in the case of salon visits:

Please do not attend salons if:

  • There are any signs or symptoms of Covid-19.
  • If the customer has been in close contact, with anyone who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • If the customer has been abroad in the last 14 days.
  • We ask customers to give due notice if cancelling or rescheduling their appointment, as cancellation policies may apply.


  • When attending appointments, customers are asked to arrive on time
  • Due to decreased capacity, customers are asked to come alone
  • In line with public health advice and for the purpose of contact tracing, customers will be asked a series relevant of questions
  • On arrival, customers will be asked to sanitize their hands
  • Customers may also be provided with a fresh face mask
  • Throughout visits, customers are reminded to be mindful of social distancing .
  • Regular cleaning and sanitization will take place
  • When arranging appointment, clients may be asked for a booking deposit. This is a common and standard practice across the industry

Margaret O’Rourke Doherty, CEO of HABIC, said: “It is essential that health and safety remain the priority for the sector and we are ready, as we prepare once again to welcome our clients back to our salons.”

“We are proud of the track record of salons across the country since the outbreak of Covid-19 and our previous health and safety response to the virus.”

“From approximately 6.8 million individual services, there have only been seven outbreaks associated with the personal grooming sector. However, as we look forward to reopening, there is no room for complacency.”

“We are truly excited to welcome our customers back and in preparation we have provided salon owners and employees a comprehensive set of reopening guidelines, to ensure the experience is safe as well as it enjoyable.”

“While closed, we have been extremely busy preparing our salons, training our teams and following the government and public health advice to ensure, we deliver the best experience, in a controlled and professional manner.”

“The health and safety of our customers and that of our teams, is our number one priority,” she added.

Find out more about HABIC’s updated re-opening guidelines here.


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