Updated: February 19, 2021
As COVID-19 cases continue across Canada, some provinces are taking matters into their own hands by enforcing stricter rules and more safety measures in select regions.
Unfortunately for most salon owners, this means personal care services including hair salons, nail salons and barbershops are being ordered to temporarily shut down again in some provinces and regions. But luckily for some, restrictions are easing up in certain provinces that are seeing a drop in COVID cases. Here’s the rundown:
Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons are now open in every Ontario region, except for those still under a stay-at-home-order (Toronto, Peel Region and the North Bay-Parry Sound) and those in the Lockdown/Grey Zone (Niagara Region). As of February 19, the Ontario government is moving York Region out of shutdown and into the Red-Control level. Toronto, Peel Region and the North-Bay Parry Sound will stay under Stay-at-Home order until at least March 8.
– Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons can now open and operate in public health units in the Prevent/Green Zone, the Protect/Yellow Zone, the Restrict/Orange Zone and the Control/Red Zone.
– Salons remain closed in regions under “stay-at-home” order and regions in the Lockdown/Grey Zone.
Since February 8th, hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have reopened. However, the previously instated curfew has remained in place across most of the province.
-Hair and beauty salons are now allowed to reopen with restricted capacity and curfew must be obeyed.
Hair salons, barbershops and other personal wellness services have reopened but are available by appointment only (no walk-ins).
Hair salons and barbershops have been re-opened (with some restrictions) since May.
-Clients must attend appointments alone
-Clients must not arrive more than five minutes before their appointment
-Ideally employees must keep physical distance with clients but when/if that’s not the case, correct PPE must be worn/used
-Unnecessary communal items (candy, reading material and phone chargers) must be removed from waiting rooms
-Waiting room chairs must be disinfected after each client
-Beverages should not be offered to clients
Manitoba has started relaxing COVID restrictions, which means hair and nail salons, along with other non-essential businesses are now open but at 25 per cent capacity.
Hair and nail salons, barbershops and other personal care businesses are open but with certain restrictions, which differ from county to county. The province is taking a county-by-county approach and currently all counties are listed as “Protect Yourself and Others,” which allows salons to remain open.
New Brunswick has placed Edmundston region (Zone 4) into the red phase at midnight of Feb. 8, which means salons must remain closed there. They also moved Moncton region (Zone 1) to the orange phase, along with Zone 2, 3, 5,6 and 7, where salons are allowed to open.
-Salons are open in all zones/regions of New Brunswick which are in the orange phase, which is all regions other than Edmundston.
Prince Edward Island
PEI is in a temporary “post circuit breaker” phase until further notice. Under these guidelines, personal services including hair salons, barbershops and nail salons may operate but by appointment only.
-Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons are allowed to operate on an appointment basis, following the Personal Services Guidance.
Stay tuned here for any additional updates and changes.