The Malta Independent 30 May 2020, Saturday

New regulations: what’s in it for beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers

Giulia Magri Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 10:35 Last update: about 10 days ago

As of Friday 22 May, people will now be able to book an appointment with their professional hairdresser and beauticians. On Monday evening, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that barbers, hairdressers and beauticians can reopen, with restrictions and safety measures to protect staff and clients.


The Malta Independent put together the guidelines and mitigation measures for hair salons, barbers and beauticians.

Perspex barriers should be fitted in reception areas

The following are mandatory conditions to be observed by Hair Salons and Barbers:

·         The maximum capacity of clients inside the salon at any one time is one person per 10 square metres, excluding staff.

·         Perspex barriers should be fitted in reception areas (2 metres from the floor)

·         Hand sanitizers must be made available at the reception area and near all workstations for employee and client use

·         Wearing masks or visors is mandatory at all times for clients, suppliers and staff

·         Workstations/ styling chairs must be kept at a minimum distance of 2 metres from each other or separated by a Perspex barrier which is 2 metres high.

·         These barriers must be cleaned properly after every client.


Shaving beards is prohibited: What services are banned

Whilst services can restart, there are certain services which are still banned to prevent the risk of COVID-19.

·         Barbers are prohibited from shaving or restyling beards

·         Handheld hairdryers and other electrical equipment which requires air flow are not recommended.

·         Avoid dry cuts

·         Avoid use of talcum powder and neck brushes

·         Beauticians should not use steam treatments or vapour generating techniques

·         Facials should not be carried out

·         Remove non-essential high touch items such as magazines

·         Not provide beverages and refreshments for clients

·         Do not use handshakes or hugs when greeting clients and colleagues

·         Clients will be asked to not bring children with them unless they are clients, or are very young or have special needs

·         Walk-ins will not be allowed so all appointments will have to be made in advance.

In regards to beauticians, pedicure bowls must be disassembled and disinfected after every client. In regards to waxing procedures, wax should be changed after every client. Wax pots should be emptied and disinfected before refilling them with wax or else use disposable pots. Disposable spatulas must not be reused. Waste should be disposed of in an airtight trash bin, which should have a lid and be lined with a disposable plastic bag. All products, lotions, creams, scrubs are to be stored in a closed container and if not should be discarded.

Staff must ensure that the salon is thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant between clients and that equipment/tools be washed and sterilised after each client.

Temperature should be checked before entering salon

Whilst walk-ins are now prohibited and consultations will now take place over the phone or video chat, what will it be like entering a salon on Friday? Clients will have to book an appointment online or via telephone and appointments must be spaced out to avoid clients coming into contact with ach other and also provide enough time for cleaning the workstation between clients.

·         Clients cannot wait inside the salon and must arrive just before appointment and leave immediately after

·         Clients must have their temperature taken before entering the shop

·         Floor stickers and signage which provides guidance for social distancing is recommended

·         Management should keep a record of names, contact details and date of treatment/ appointment to facilitate contact tracing should this be required

·         Any information about services, prices and follow up appointments will also be given electronically, over the phone and through virtual consultations

Legal requirements to be carried out on water systems prior reopening

Salons must carry out a full system disinfection of the cold-water system, which includes flushing through to all outlets to achieve 50mg/l free chlorine for at least an hour. They must also check that this level is achieved at the furthest outlets.

 Management must also refill and carry out a thermal shock by raising the temperature of the whole of the contents of the hot water storage heater from 70degrees celcius to 80 degrees celcius, then circulate this water throughout the system for up to three days.

Management must keep all documentation for inspections by the competent Authority, among other things.

Management must also carry out an analysis to check for Legionella and the test must be carried out at an accredited laboratory. The document must be sent to the Water Regulatory and Auditing Unit within the Environmental Health Directorate prior to reopening of the establishment.

Can vulnerable people get a haircut or beauty treatment?

The guidelines recommend staff to “as far as possible not allow” vulnerable people. Therefore elderly people, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions can be refused to enter the shop. Management have the right to refuse clients if they are visibly unwell or have respiratory symptoms including coughing, fever, and shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.


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