Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2.

NZARH Covid-19 Hair Industry Gudelines

This document is intended for you to be able to find COVID-19 information all in one place, offers some employment and business tools for you to consider and should be read in conjunction with Ministry of Health information.

The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly. We recommend you regularly check the Ministry of Health and Covid-19 websites for updates.

Auckland is now at Alert Level 3

The Auckland region is everything in the Auckland Council boundary — from Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the south.

It will remain at Alert Level 3 for at least 3 days. This will give us time to assess the situation and gather information, including contact tracing, so we can find out more about how the case arose.

More Alert Level 3 Information Here

An NZARH update to remind salon owners of their responsibility for LEVEL 2 trading;

We’re reminding everyone of the recommended process for Best Practice to keep staff and clients and wider community safe.

  • Confirm clients are well, clients with any symptoms should be rescheduled.
  • Contact tracing – WorkSafe advise the use of the official covid-19 tracing app – Available HERE. NZARH Members can request their personalised QR Code from
  • Maintain good hygiene, particularly hand hygiene-wash or sanitize hands between every client. Gloves should still be worn as PPE as per usual hair services.
  • Physical distance of 1 meter for staff and between clients – you can seat clients next to each other as long as not 2 hairdressers working on both clients can be colour processing. As a stylist or barber you may need to position yourself to keep recommended distance from each other. You can also swivel the seat the client is in, so that the stylists are still positioned facing the mirror with you working on the side of the clients head.
  • As part of your standard PPE, Masks for staff and clients are recommended. The Ministry of Health has updated its advice on the use of face masks.
  • Clean cape for each client (this is considered as part of PPE).
  • Aprons to be worn by stylist/barber (this is considered as part of PPE).
  • Disinfect all surfaces between clients.
  • Serving drinks to be suspended in level 2. Our main aim at level 2 is to reduce contact to a minimum and lessen the chances of cross contamination. Coffee and tea containers, cups, coffee machine etc all need to be cleaned and sanitised between each use by stylists.This is time consuming and if not done properly risks contaminants to be spread. Encourage clients to bring a water bottle with them and grab a take away coffee or support local and arrange for a nearby café to supply take away drinks.
  • Beard trims, wet shaves and in salon add on beauty services: These are face fronting and for more than 15 mins. MOH suggests this time as the limit for face fronting services. We recommend these services be suspended until we return to level 1 or below.
These are strange times for us all and we encourage open and honest communication with your team along with encouraging them to eat well, drink lots of fluids especially when wearing masks, wash their hands …….and above all to be kind.

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