Coronavirus Australia: Hairdressing franchise Just Cuts has shut up shop amid virus crisis

The largest hairdressing chain in the Southern Hemisphere, Just Cuts, has announced it will shut down for at least the next 4 weeks, “given the physical risk and mental toll on hairdressers and clients”.

Yesterday, Just Cuts CEO and Founder Denis McFadden slammed the PM’s “bonkers” decision to backflip on the 30-minute haircut rule and called for the industry to be shut down.

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“It is physically impossible for stylists to do a shampoo or haircut without touching the client. It’s physically impossible for stylists to do their job and keep the four-square-metre (rule) which national cabinet now says ‘must be strictly observed’,”″ target=”_blank” type=”[object Object]” rel=”noopener noreferrer”> Mr McFadden said in a statement.

Today, sadly, McFadden said with client numbers dwindling to nothing, and with stylists and clients increasingly at risk given the impossibility of maintaining the recommended 4 sqm distance, the network could no longer wait for the National Cabinet to make the decision to close them up.”/>
media_cameraThe government backflipped on the decision to restrict appointments to no more than thirty minutes at a hairdresser of a barber, but the CEO of Just Cuts was pleading for Scott Morrison to just close the industry down. Picture: AAP Image.

“We had hoped that common sense would finally kick in and the State, Federal and Territory Governments would act on the medical advice that safe distancing is critical. National Cabinet has today failed to act on our pleas to add hairdressing to the list of non-essential services,” he said.

“This is despite calls from medical experts including the Australian Medical Association for more and stronger self-distancing measures. This is despite the acknowledgment from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Kelly that ‘for hairdressing it’s impossible to take those social distancing rules’.

“Our stylists are scared. Our customers are scared. How can we ask them to continue when everything and all the medical experts says the risks are too high?

“So, we have today taken the decision to shut our doors for at least the next 4 weeks and are recommending to our independently owned and operated franchises that they do the same.”

Mr McFadden said stylists and customers were “scared” working through the pandemic. Picture:”/>
media_cameraMr McFadden said stylists and customers were “scared” working through the pandemic. Picture: iStock

National Cabinet had agreed “that the instruction regarding 30 minutes per patron would be lifted but that the 4 sqm per person must be strictly observed within the premises and that personal contact during the patron’s visit should be minimised wherever possible.”

There are 2500 fully qualified stylists in the Just Cuts Australian network, predominantly in shopping centres, and 3500 globally.

Just Cuts has 190 salons across all states and territories of Australia, 28 salons in NZ and 6 in the UK. The UK Government moved on 22 March to close salons with NZ following on 23 March. Hairdressing in Australia continues to be excluded from the list of non-essential services that needed to close and which included beauty salons.

Salons in Western Australia will close as of 5pm, Saturday 28 March 2020, and the company anticipates that its franchisees will shut down within a similar time frame.

Mr McFadden stressed that it would be “a temporary closure”.

Originally published as Just Cuts closes amid virus crisis

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