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What does the “COVID-19 Protection Framework” mean for beauty salons in NZ?

On 22 October, the New Zealand Government announced the next stage of their COVID-19 response plan to provide a pathway out of lockdown and give vaccinated kiwi’s more freedom. Once 90% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated and protected, this framework will be introduced. The main difference here is 1) no more lockdowns and 2) a traffic light system for managing outbreaks.

There is so much in the news about this – so here’s a summary specific to the beauty industry:

The Red, The Orange and The Green

No more level one to four! Once NZ hits 90% vaccination, we will move to a traffic light system to manage COVID-19 in the community. Similar to alert levels now, these may move up/down in different areas or at different times.

These “levels” will be:

  • Green (most freedoms)

More or less, everything can open, and regional boundaries (such as the Auckland border) will not apply. There will be no limits if vaccination certificates are used in hospitality, gathering, events, beauty salons, hairdressers, gyms, etc. Restrictions apply if vaccination certificates are not used – this includes a mandatory distancing of 1m and mask wearing for salons – meaning even at green, lack of a vaccination mandate is looking impractical for our industry.

  • Orange

Regional boundaries (such as the Auckland border) will not apply. There will be no limits if vaccination certificates are used in hospitality, gathering, events, beauty salons, hairdressers, gyms, etc. Salons will be unable to open at all unless they require vaccination certificates.

  • Red (least freedoms)

Regionals boundaries will still exist – eg: the Auckland border. Close contact businesses such can open with public health requirements in place. This will most likely be extra mask mandates, and health/hygiene requirements. Salons will be unable to open at all unless they require vaccination certificates.

Vaccination certificate requirements

In short – this is a vaccination mandate for the salon industry. As we reply on close personal contact in our businesses, we’re going to need to require proof of vaccination for staff & clients to operate.

Source: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/covid-19-protection/
  • At all levels, businesses (including salons!), retail, and public facilities will generally be able to remain open for vaccinated people.
  • Requiring a vaccination certificate will be optional for many locations. There will be some higher-risk settings where they will be a requirement in order to open to the public. Beauty salons are considered higher risk. The Government has essentially indicated here that for clients/staff to be present in your salon they need to be vaccinationed at Orange and Red Levels. At Green Level, face coverings for staff and 1m distancing between customers must be adhered to UNLESS vaccination certificates are a condition of entry.
  • If a business, organisation or service does not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels – this will be your salon unless you are requiring proof of vaccination.

When will this occur?

All 20 NZ district health boards will need to have 90 per cent of their eligible population fully vaccinated before transitioning to a traffic light system.

Auckland however, which has been doing the “heavy lifting” for the country and is in its tenth week of lockdown, will be able to move to the ‘red light’ zone once all three of its DHBs hit 90 per cent double doses. So at this stage we aren’t 100% sure – hopefully sooner rather than later!

More information is tricking through so we will endeavour to keep this post updated. Have a question on what this means for your salon? Let us know below! We will try and find the answer for you.

As of 22/10 – this info is correct. The Government may change some of these guidelines and we will endeavour to keep this post updated.

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