COVID-19 coronavirus: Beauty and personal care services

Information for beauty and personal care services on steps needed to reopen, COVID safety guidelines and plans.

Last updated: 1 October 2020 at 9.37am

Phase 4 of the WA Roadmap came into effect on Saturday, 27 June. The number of people permitted to gather has increased and additional businesses can reopen.

COVID Safety Plans  

COVID Safety Plans and Guidelines have been updated for Phase 4.  

Premises that opened during previous phases should review the new COVID Safety Guidelines and update their COVID Safety Plans accordingly.  

Business that were required to close under the Directions and are reopening for the first time in Phase 4 must complete a COVID Safety Plan. The COVID Safety Guidelines will help you complete your plan. The plan should be available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your organisation has multiple premises, you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each one. 

Requirements for beauty and personal care services 

  • Complete a COVID Safety Plan before reopening. Read the COVID Safety Guidelines to help you complete your plan. 
  • Display a COVID Safety Plan certificate.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 metres between each staff member and client and every other staff member and client. This may mean activating every second station in your business (this distance is not required between the staff member and client when providing a service). 
  • Maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning.

Deciding which services to offer 

Consider each of the treatments or services you offer, and potential associated risks. When deciding to offer or modify a treatment or service, consider:  

  • the type of service 
  • treatment area layout  
  • treatment duration 
  • client health status  
  • measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 when delivering these services.  

Specific industry considerations 

Beauty therapy 
  • Restrict makeup stands to staff use and supervision only. 
  • Pencil sharpeners are a cross contamination point — clean and disinfect after each use.  
  • Thoroughly sterilise instruments and equipment between uses.  
  • Do not provide “testers”. 
  • For intimate and prolonged face-to-face treatments (e.g. eyelash treatments), the client and the practitioner may wish to wear masks. 
Nail services 
  • Clients getting acrylic or powder-based nail treatments, and the practitioner, may wish to wear a dust mask. 
  • Wash hands before and after performing massages.  
  • All porous instruments not made of stainless steel, such as nail files and cuticle sticks, can only be used once. 
Tattooing and cosmetic tattooing 
  • Provide eye protection, single use facemasks and disposable aprons for each treatment. 
  • Limit each appointment to one procedure or consider completing a tattoo in stages. This is to reduce exposure time, and the risk of COVID-19 transmission.    
Float tanks/pods and spa pools

Float tanks/pods and spas which are aquatic facilities (as defined by the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007) must:

  • seek approval from the environmental health service of the local government in which the facility is located before reopening (including obtaining satisfactory microbiological water samples)  
  • ensure sanitary facilities (including showers, toilets and hand basins) are available for patrons. 

Compliance with existing legislation and regulations 

In addition to legal obligations and Directions made under the Emergency Management Act 2005, businesses will continue to have obligations under existing legislation and regulations, including occupational and health legislation. 

For example, each premises must continue to comply with: 

This page does not address any requirements already required by these laws. Please consult the WA Health website for more details.

COVID Safety Plan and Guidelines

COVID Safety Guidelines Phase 4 — Beauty and Personal Care Services
COVID 19 Safety Plan Phase 4 — Beauty and Personal Care Services
Page reviewed 1 October 2020