Stop putting the health of hairdressers and barbers at risk - shut the industry down!

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An open letter to the Chief Medical Officer

Dear Chief Medical Officer,

The recommendation from the Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) in relation to hairdressing and barbering is that these industries must be closed to ensure our families and communities are safe from contracting and spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Close to 25 million Australians will visit a hairdresser or barber to have their hair cut and/or coloured. That affects around 40,000 hairdressers and barbers within 15,000 salons across the country. The AHC has strong concerns for the safety of our hairdressers, their families and our communities.

Your goals are to protect our country from the COVID-19 pandemic, yet you have deemed hairdressing and barbering as "business as usual," albeit with strict WH&S procedures.

The AHC believes that whilst there is a percentage of salons that are engaging in strict WH&S procedures, there is also a percentage of businesses that would not be. The "touch" factor and close contact our jobs require is extremely high.

Our understanding is that to flat line the spread of COVID-19, we should all be restricting contact. The hairdressing and barbering industries are in DIRECT contact with consumers, regardless of the 1.5 metre social distancing rule and the 4 square metres per person restriction.

It is our strong recommendation that the hairdressing and barbering industries be closed by the Federal Government for the safety of all Australians.

Yours sincerely,