Beauty clinics, hairdressers, and salons reopen: Here’s what you need to know

by Megan McPhee Christensen

The time has finally come… A large part of society is finally allowed to reopen.

This goes for masseurs, tattoo artists, hairdressers, and various other beauty clinics.

Many of us have definitely been looking forward to this – especially now where our hair has never been longer, our muscles have never been sorer and our eyebrows are almost in need of a hedge-cutter.

But what do we need to be aware of when we (somewhat desperately) try to book a time in these places?

We have put together an overview here:

Hairdressers:

1. First and foremost: To be allowed in for a talented trim by a hairdresser, you need to show a corona-passport (AKA a coronapas). With that passport, you need to prove that you either 1) have tested negative within the last 72 hours, 2) are fully vaccinated or 3) have previously been infected. If you do not bring this, the hairdresser can legally cancel your appointment, given the fact that this can otherwise lead to a hefty fine for both you and them.
2. You should not arrive in good time. On the contrary, you should come as close to the start of the appointment as possible, so that there is no need to sit around inside the salon unnecessarily. There should also be a sign stating how many people are allowed on the premises.
3. There will be soap and sanitizer available – so remember to use them.
4. You should wear a mask or visor – and it’s not enough just to use another clothing item, like a scarf for example. The same goes for your hairdresser. You can remove your mask partially or completely when the treatment or service requires that your face is uncovered.

Masseurs:

1. First and foremost: To be allowed under the expert hands of a masseur, you need to show a corona-passport. With that passport, you need to prove that you either 1) have tested negative within the last 72 hours, 2) are fully vaccinated or 3) have previously been infected. If you do not bring this, the masseur can legally cancel your appointment, given the fact that this can otherwise lead to a hefty fine for both you and them.
2. You should not arrive in good time. On the contrary, you should come so close to the start of the appointment as possible, so that there is no need to sit around unnecessarily. There should also be a sign stating how many people are allowed on the premises.
3. There will be soap and sanitizer available – so remember to use them.
4. You should wear a mask or visor – it’s not enough just to use another clothing item, like a scarf for example. The same goes for your masseur. You can remove your mask partially or completely when the treatment or service requires that your face is uncovered.
5. If close contact is unavoidable between you and the masseur, they may, for example, ask you to turn your head down to look through the plinth.

Tattoo parlors:

1. First and foremost: To be allowed in for treatment by the tattoo artist, you need to show a corona-passport. With that passport, you need to prove that you either 1) have tested negative within the last 72 hours, 2) are fully vaccinated or 3) have previously been infected. If you do not bring this, the tattoo artist can legally cancel your appointment, given the fact that this can otherwise lead to a hefty fine for both you and them.
2. You should not arrive in good time. On the contrary, you should come so close to the start of the appointment as possible, so that there is no need to sit around unnecessarily. There should also be a sign stating how many people are allowed on the premises.
3. There will be soap and sanitizer available – so remember to use them.
4. You should wear a mask or visor – it’s not enough just to use another clothing item, like a scarf for example. The same goes for the tattoo artist. You can remove your mask partially or completely when the treatment or service requires that your face is uncovered.
5. If close contact is unavoidable between you and the tattoo artist, they may, for example, ask you to turn your head away or sit differently.

Beauty clinics:

1. First and foremost: To be allowed in for treatment, you need to show a corona-passport. With that passport, you need to prove that you either 1) have tested negative within the last 72 hours, 2) are fully vaccinated or 3) have previously been infected. If you do not bring this, the clinic can legally cancel your appointment, given the fact that this can otherwise lead to a hefty fine for both you and them.
2. You should not arrive in good time. On the contrary, you should come so close to the start of the appointment as possible, so that there is no need to sit around unnecessarily. There should also be a sign stating how many people are allowed on the premises.
3. There will be soap and sanitizer available – so remember to use them.
4. You should wear a mask or visor – it’s not enough just to use another clothing item, like a scarf for example. The same goes for the clinic staff. You can remove your mask partially or completely when the treatment or service requires that your face is uncovered.
5. In situations where face-to-face contact within 2 meters between you and the person treating you is unavoidable then a physical barrier may be installed. This is especially recommended for treatments lasting greater than 15 minutes. Where this is not possible, for example with cosmetic treatment of the face then staff can choose to use a full face-covering visor. 

Tanning salon:

Unmanned tanning salons are one of the only places where there is an exception for the corona-passport. Meaning you don’t need to show a corona-passport to enter, but you still need to follow these rules:

1. If there is a queue leading into the salon, you must wait outside the center until there is an available room. This is to avoid unnecessary queueing inside.
2. In all walkways and public areas where you can meet other customers, you need to wear a mask. Remember to keep your distance too.
3. Corona or not – remember good hygiene. Personnel is encouraged to clean regularly, but when the salon is unmanned, then it is especially important that you, as a customer, take care of that part. Sanitize!