Shanon Saunders (co-manger of Shea Beauty St George) is glad to be able to serve more clients.
Shanon Saunders (co-manger of Shea Beauty St George) is glad to be able to serve more clients.

Region feeling beautiful once more

AFTER weeks away from their beauty treatments, locals are keen to return to the services enjoyed pre-COVID-19.

It is back to business as usual at beauty salons at Lime Tree Cottage, Roma with beautician Heidi Hays saying appointments were fully booked.

Ms Hays said the beauty salon had been forced to close for about five weeks when COVID-19 restrictions were first introduced before they were eased allowing about half of the services to return.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Monday all services have been returned and clients could not be happier.

“They were calling before the restrictions were lifted. They were all prepared,” she said.

Ms Hays said the salon had put COVID-safe plans in place and people were happy to come in for their essential services.

Town Talk Hair and Beauty in Charleville has returned to normal business.

“In the beginning it was a bit hard,” owner Katrina Neucom said.

“You’ve got your regular clients then in one night everything was taken away.”

All services were now being offered and having moved last October to a larger premises there is plenty of space to accommodate COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, she said.

Ms Neucom said the lack of tourists that would normally be in the region at this time of year had reduced her customer numbers so instead of being booked out two weeks in advance they had more time for local clients.

At St George, Shea Beauty is also operating as normal.

Owner Sharon Saunders said it was great to be back.

“It’s been great to give our clients their treatments,” she said.

Ms Saunders said while it was good to have recovered from the COVID-19 restrictions some farmers in the region were still struggling from the impact of drought.

The Stage 2 easing of restrictions that came into force on Monday allow unlimited travel and overnight stays for all Queenslanders and gatherings of up to 20 people per defined area.

Articles contributed by Margie Maccoll are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas.


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