Updated: May 13, 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:
*New* Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday May 13th that Ontario’s current six-week-long shutdown and stay-at-home order will remain in place until at least June 2nd. All non-essential businesses including hair salons, nail salons and barbershops will remain closed during this time.
On March 31st, Premier François Legault announced that the Outaouais, Quebec City, Chaudière-Appalaches and Bas-St-Laurent regions will move from the orange zone to the red zone and go back to an 8 p.m. curfew for a 10-day lockdown period ending on April 12th. All non-essential businesses including hair salons, barbershops and nail salons will be closed during this period. Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons are open in Montreal as long as the 9:30 p.m. curfew is respected.
Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have been opened since May 2020.
*New* After a spike in COVID cases, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that starting on May 9th, personal wellness services including hair salons, barbershops and nail salons, will have to temporarily close.
Hair salons and barbershops have been re-opened (with some restrictions) since May 2020.
-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
*New* Manitoba will be seeing stricter restrictions as of Sunday, May 9th. Personal services including barbershops, hair salons and nail salons will have to temporarily close until May 30th.
As of Friday, April 23rd, hair and nail salons, barbershops and other personal care businesses in Halifax have been forced to close until at least May 20th. These restrictions apply to the Halifax region municipality, along with the communities of Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum, and Trafalgar. The province is continuing to take a county-by-county approach to its pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions.
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.