When will beauty spas and nail salons reopen? A state-by-state list

As coronavirus restriction rules begin to soften, we’ve collated your state and territory guide to when your regular beauty appointments can go back to normal.

Australia has done a great job of flattening the coronavirus curve and with new cases declining Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a three step plan to get the nation back on track.

But when it comes to beauty salons, spas and services reopening to normal, much like other business and services, it’s up to each state government to decide what’s OK and what’s not. To find out when you can FINALLY book your next laser hair removal, brow tint and hands-on facial appointment check out our list below.

New South Wales

Currently only hair salons and remedial or therapeutic massage services are operating and have to follow the physical distancing rule of one person per four square meters.

All beauty salons including day spas and nail salons are allowed to open for retail purposes only, meaning they can sell product but no services.

From Friday May 15 the NSW Government is easing restrictions which will guide future changes. For more information see here.


Hairdressers may continue to operate with physical distancing rules in place, however all other beauty services and salons remain closed for now. Allied health services like physiotherapy remain open.

Step two of Victoria’s phasing will see twenty patrons allowed into beauty salons but the timing is still unknown. More info here.

Western Australia

WA’s COVID-19 roadmap is working to relax restrictions from May 18 onwards, but so far all beauty salons and retail services remain closed (except for hairdressers) with phase three looking to resume beauty therapy services.

South Australia

From today, Monday May 11, the South Australian Government are easing restrictions, with limits on beauty and nail salons easing from June 8 onwards. Currently hairdressers are operating along with the rest of the state and following physical distancing rules.

Northern Territory

The NT is further along in the process of returning to normal and is currently operating businesses on a case by case basis, where all personal services including beauty therapy, massage and nail salons are based on the practical application of physical distancing principles and require each business to submit the government’s COVID-19 Safety Plan checklist.

You can check with individual salons to see when they plan to return.


Currently hairdressers are operational and follow the same rules as other states, cosmetic injections that are provided by registered health practitioners are also allowed to operate. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and remedial massage are also operating. But all other services are closed.

Stage one kicks off from May 15 where beauty therapy and nail salons are beginning to return to normal following the COVID safe plan.


Hairdressers are currently operating in line with physical distancing rules however, all other beauty salons and spas are closed for now. Remedial massage, physio and chiro are also open and operating following social distancing guidelines. For more info head here.


For now, hairdressers and allied health services are in operation while other beauty salons remain closed but are being regularly reviewed based on advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. You can keep up to date here.