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When Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally announced a shut down of all non-essential services late Sunday night, following similar calls from NSW and Victoria, confusion still lingered over what would remain open. 

While bars, restaurants, and religious institutions shut down, hairdressers and beauty salons were deemed essential services, and allowed to continue trading. That decision seems in tension with measures designed to enforce social distancing — such services involve spending considerable time in close proximity to other people, with physical contact.

There seem to be a few reasons floating around as to why such services are still operating.