Industry Updates

22 November 2021

Government Update: Moving to the Traffic Light System

NZ moves to the traffic light system at 11.59pm on 2nd December.

  • Auckland will open under Red
  • On 29th November, Cabinet will decide the traffic light level for the other parts of NZ based on regional vaccination rates.

Under Red in the Traffic Light Framework:

  • to reopen, salon owners and staff will need to be vaccinated and can only take vaccinated clients.
  • a vaccination pass will be required by clients.
  • if you are not vaccinated, you cannot open.

Hairdressers and barbers can open this Thursday as part of a trial - this does not include Beauty Therapists.

We will continue to keep you updated as more information is provided by the Government.

In the meantime, the Association has continued to seek clarity about what this means for our industry and where we stand.

For more information, go to



13 May 2020

Level 2 Update

Ministry of Health

As a precautionary measure for the initial phase of Alert Level 2, while we ensure the risk of exposure to COVID-19 continues to be very low, for people whose work cannot avoid close contact with clients (under 1 metre) for prolonged periods of time (longer than 15 minutes), with multiple clients being seen over the course of the day (eg, hairdressers and beauticians) a face mask or face shield can be worn as an additional measure to adhering with basic hygiene measures. No other PPE is required, other than items the worker may usually wear for protection from standard occupational risks.
This advice is likely to change as we move through Alert Level 2.

COVID19 Website

Workplaces and Businesses
At Alert Level 2 businesses can operate if they’re able to do so safely.
Engaging with Customers:
At Alert Level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This means businesses should:
  • Have good contact registers, or contact tracing records, in place to record everyone who you interact with on your premises
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1 metre between groups of customers, or 2 metres if not possible to keep contact tracing records
  • Not have groups larger than 10 people
  • Maintain a 2 hour time limit for customers to be on your premises.

28 April 2020

Emma Fraser, NZARBP Committee Member spoke LIVE today with the Governments  Epidemic Response Committee.
Join Emma at the 47 minute mark of this session.

16 April 2020

The following is extract has been taken directly from the recently updated COVID-19 website:


Most, but not all businesses can start to open under Alert Level 3

Businesses cannot offer services which involve face-to-face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hairdressing, massage, house cleaning, or door-to-door salespeople). This includes the Professional Beauty Industry.


When will businesses that involve close personal contact be allowed open?

Right now, the risk of transmission from people providing services that require close personal contact (e.g. hairdressers, manicurists, beauticians, domestic cleaners, personal trainers, gymnasiums) is too great. These businesses can resume under Alert Level 2, with appropriate health measures in place.


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