BENDIGO'S beauty industry can reopen once again from Friday, but not all owners are ecstatic about the remaining rules in place.
After the announcement of easing restrictions on Wednesday, Kin Skin Makeup Body owner Amy Drummond said she was "relieved" by the news, but only for so long.
"It was good until I read we would have mask restrictions again," she said.
"For us, that wipes out a good 70 per cent of our menu.
"We can still do all our lush and brow treatments or body treatments, but for us a huge portion of our business is actually skin treatments and a lot of that isn't able to happen with clients wearing masks."
Mrs Drummond said these restrictions meant some staff couldn't work their normal hours.
"I've had to reduce hours for some of our therapists and as a business owner, that's really difficult to do," she said.
"We're not the type of business that can work online, but we are still fortunate to be able to offer some services to our wonderful clients."
She said a lot of beauty businesses were hoping for more flexibility.
"As an industry, we thought the government had realise that there had been no transmissions in salons the whole pandemic," Mrs Drummond said.
"We completely understand that keeping people safe is a priority, but we're doing all the right things, everything the government has asked us to do.
"We felt like we were getting somewhere when they opened us back up, but we've taken a big step back now."
Hair salons across Bendigo have taken to social media to let clients know they would be opening again.
"We are back Friday honeys, albeit with limits on numbers and restrictions on postcodes but, hey we'll take it," honeyeater salon said in a Facebook post.
"We'll be in touch to reschedule all missed appointments, there's soooo many of you."
Neon Peach hairdressers said they would work to contact clients to work out new times for appointments.
"To our clients who have missed out, we ask you hold off from messaging us and we will be in touch to reschedule," they said in a Facebook story.
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