‘Came out of a drought, then this happens’: St George salons discuss next step
BEAUTY salons in St George thought they could rejoice after the recent rain and influx of customers it brought, however the shut down of their entire industry has forced them to shut shop for the foreseeable future.
First the drought, now beauty salons have spoken out about the ramifications they will face from last night's federal government announcement. As of midnight tonight, beauty therapists, tanning, waxing and nail salons have to close. Hairdressers and barbers will have a limit of 30 minutes per appointment.
Maddie English, owner of Maddie's Beauty Lounge, opened last August and said business was going well after coming out of a drought but now she doesn't know what she will do for work tomorrow.
"I was expecting the announcement but I'm still not really prepared of what I'm going to do next," she said.
"Watching the news last night, it was a mixture of stress but also relief.
"I was stressed about making sure things were disinfected all week but it's also a relief because something had to happen soon."
The owner said it's better the business is closing rather than trying to keep the momentum going.
"I've had a lot of clients cancel anyway in the last two weeks," she said.
"Things will get better - there's always brighter days."
For Shauna Fitzpatrick, owner of Shauna's Nails, she will be forced to rely on her second job to get her by.
"Lucky I have a full time office job, otherwise it would be really difficult to continue," she said.
"I'll have to tighten my belt and be cautious of what I spend."
Ms Fitzpatrick said she's been social distancing herself anyway and in the last two weeks has only had three customers.
"Before this, I'd be doing nails everyday and gaining a client a week," she said.
"But I haven't had any inquiries for the last two weeks."
Ms Fitzpatrick said she understood the need for these measures and is trying to make the best out of dark days.
"We've just got to get on with it as best we can - health is most important," she said.
"If any customers have any nail problems or need removals, I am offering my tools and assistance and can drop them off or post them to customers."
Shauna's Nails are also offering press on nails allowing customers to send a picture and she can design something and either drop or post the nails to clients. Go to her Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/sshaunasnails/
Fortunately for hairdresser Jody Shenfield who owns The Magic Mirror, she can still operate her salon.
"We will offer whatever we can for the 30 minute period, mostly haircuts," she said.
"It's a big impact financially and also timewise because our chemical work takes the most time and now we can't do that."
Ms Shenfield said the business has been quiet for the last two weeks but hopes it will all be over soon.