The Federal Government has scrapped the 30-minute hair dressing restrictions they only just imposed on the public, citing feedback from hairdressers saying that the time limit was impossible.
Considering at the same time, all food places can only work on a take-away basis, and people are being told not to leave their house for anything other than essential business lest they risk $1000 fines, it’s sending a pretty mixed message.
The sudden lift has left people asking about what an essential service really is.
So the federal government has lifted the thirty minute restriction on haircuts. Now you can take as much time as you need. Does this make sense to anyone? Why has this been deemed essential? Seems odd.
— Julia Baird (@bairdjulia) March 25, 2020
Why is getting a hair-cut seen as essential when other beauty services are deemed non-essential?
Obviously, the coronavirus is incredibly serious and people should be taking all measures necessary to ensure they don’t catch it or spread it to anyone else. The fact that we must work from home and avoid sending kids to school, that we can’t eat out, get our nails done, or any other typically self-indulgent things we usually do is supposed to drive home how serious this is.
Essentially, it’s supposed to make sure you stay the fuck at home.
As the Italian Mayor pointed out, nobody will see your haircut when you’re in your fucking coffin.
— That Ungracious Dr Sheep Person?? (@noplaceforsheep) March 25, 2020
By allowing hairdressers to remain open while shutting down most other businesses, it definitely sends a really conflicted message on how seriously the public should be taking isolation measures.
Is there any sense at all to allowing people to flow in and out of a hairdressing salon all day but not in to a nail bar? Why put hairdressers at risk? Who honestly decided that they be deemed an essential service?
— Emma Alberici (@albericie) March 25, 2020
If you can get your hair done – and we’re talking get it done, not just a less-than-30-minute trim, then it really undermines the supposed importance of staying inside. There’s no consistency with isolation measures, which means people aren’t going to take things seriously. Even Albo says so, and I can’t believe I agree.
People are anxious enough without confusing, conflicting messages that are changing every single day.
We need clear, simple advice that every Australian can understand and follow.
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) March 25, 2020
Australia’s coronavirus cases are soaring, particularly in NSW, so it’s important now more than ever to curb new infections.
“Because of the lack of consistent messaging, because people had been flouting the earlier advice regarding social-distancing measures, we need to move further and quickly to ensure that what we’re seeing around the world doesn’t mimic and occur on front doors,” The Australian Medical Assosciation’s president Tony Bartone said.
Basically, forget about getting your hair done – #StayTheFuckAtHome, not just for your sake, but for any vulnerable person you could accidentally spread the coronavirus to.