Major hairdressing chains have dubbed the National Cabinet's decision to immediately lift 30-minute restrictions on appointments as "just bonkers" as they warn hairdressers, barbers and clients are at risk from coronavirus.

From today, haircuts were meant to be limited to less than 30 minutes as part of further social restrictions agreed to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, but that rule was removed not long after coming into force.

Salons and barbers must still adhere to the physical-distancing restrictions of one person per 4 square metres.

"It is physically impossible for stylists to do a shampoo or haircut without touching the client," Just Cuts chief executive Denis McFadden said.

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