The Minister of Small Business, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, on Friday announced the regulations for the personal care industry in the Government Gazette . The regulations come into force immediately, which means the industry may open its doors to the public again today.
The regulations apply to hair salons and barbers, beauty salons and tattoo studios in the formal and informal sector. This creates a framework within which the Covid-19 pandemic in the industry, which has been banned for more than 80 days, may reopen.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Wednesday night about the reopening of the industries. He then said it was important to get this industry back on track, as it mainly employs women. “The last three months have been particularly difficult for the millions of women working as hairdressers, in spas, as therapists and technicians.
Many of the businesses are owned by women and are a source of income in the informal sector. In particular, giving these women the support they need to be financially independent is one of the top priorities, ”Ramaphosa said in his speech.
The regulations set out strict guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19, for which 83 325 people in South Africa have already tested positive. This includes cleaning workstations before and after use, social remote enforcement, setting up disinfection stations, and providing personal protective equipment as needed.
Masks must be worn at all times and workers or saloon owners over 60, or who have underlying illnesses, should be discouraged from working.