In some major news for Victorians who haven't had their hair cut, coiffed or coloured in the months since lockdown in the state first began, hairdressers in Victoria are allowed to reopen from today.
Yep, the state's premier Dan Andrews made the announcement yesterday in a presser, adding that the current 5km limit on travel would be extended to 25km and that there would be no time limit on leaving home. Restrictions on outdoor gatherings were also lifted – 10 people from two households are now allowed to be together outside.
Also in the presser, Dan teased some more restriction liftings – part of what he described as a "three-step process". As of November 2, the 'four reasons for leaving home' restriction will be cleared, two people will be allowed to visit another's home and retail and hospitality will go reopen – with conditions, of course.
Interestingly, beauty salons don't yet have a reopen date. Dan argued it was cause they, unlike hairdressers, wouldn't allow for mask-wearing...
"Following further considerations in public health advice, I can announce that beauty and personal services where a mask can be worn for the entire time that the person is getting the services they are accessing, will be able to proceed in the third step alongside hairdressers," Dan Andrews said.
"This means that services such as facials, face tattoos, face piercings, they cannot occur because a mask would not be able to be worn while those services were being administered," he said.
But anyway, hairdressers! How good!
As always, guys, remember to continue to sanitise and socially distance, and wear a mask as much as possible.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.