Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photo: GCIS
  • Despite public calls for government to re-open hairdressers and nail salons, they will remain closed during Level 4 of the lockdown.
  • These services are deemed too risky for contracting Covid-19.
  • But South Africans will be able to buy hand and foot care products, and attempt manicures and pedicures at home.
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In a media briefing on Wednesday evening, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed that despite public calls for hairdressers and nail salons to re-open, this will not be happening in Level 4 of lockdown.

The danger of contracting Covid-19 is too high with these services, given that there is “no social distancing”, Dlamini Zuma said.

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According to government’s current risk adjusted strategy, hairdressers and beauty salons may only open when South Africa reaches Level 1

“People are touching,” she said, adding that it was “too risky”.

But she said that products that will allow people to treat their own hair, and do pedicures and hand manicures at home, have been added to the list of goods that may be sold in Level 4. 

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According to the new regulations, gazetted on Thursday, ”hand and foot care products” have been included in the list of products that can be sold from 1 May. “Hair care products” are also on the list.

“You can do it yourself,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

She also urged hair salons to release online lessons to help their clients to care for their own hair.

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