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'Not practical': PM removes restriction on hairdressers amid coronavirus pandemic

A 30-minute restriction for haircuts amid the COVID-19 outbreak has been lifted by the federal government nationwide.

Scott Morrison announced the change via a statement Thursday morning after feedback that the restrictions were impractical for hairdressers and salons.

Hairdressers and salons will still have a limit on the number of patrons and be required to enforce the four square metre rule per person.

There will no longer be a 30 minute restriction on haircuts. Source: Getty
There will no longer be a 30 minute restriction on haircuts. Source: Getty

The backflip comes less than 48 hours after the government announced the restriction.

“Following the receipt of feedback on the practical implementation of measures announced regarding barbers and hairdressers it was agreed by Premiers and Chief Ministers at National Cabinet last night that the instruction regarding 30 minutes per patron will be lifted,” he said.

Mr Morrison also announced it was possible to apply for exemptions when it came to funerals. He’d earlier enforced restrictions that meant only 10 people could attend funerals.

The prime minister addressed the media on Wednesday after implementing new restrictions on Tuesday night.

He said a widespread lockdown on non-essential businesses would be “reckless”.

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