It's been a whirlwind of mere hours for local hairdressers, with restrictions put in place and then subsequently lifted less than 24 hours later by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
On Thursday morning it was announced the 30-minute time restriction for hair cuts would be lifted, when it only became enforced on Wednesday night.
Hairdressers still have to adhere to social distancing rules and the 4sqm rule per person within the salon.
Rosa Leopardo Hair Design owner Sophie Smyth was expecting to lose 90 per cent of her clientele with the time restrictions put in, but now she is just confused by all the quick changes.
"It's crazy ... it's just confusing for everyone, you ring and rearrange clients because of new bans and restrictions and then you ring them again and they all change," Ms Smyth said.
"It's very unknown times for everyone."
She said herself and her team were working until midnight on Wednesday night trying to fit in as many colour appointments as possible before the time limits were put in place.
"We had to try and fit all our loyal customers in that have their colours done on a regular basis because we didn't know how long the ban would last for," she said.
"We made the most of it."
I'm trying to work as much as I can so they can come in the door and I can pay them so they don't have to get the handouts.Addicted to Hair owner Cara Anderson
Addicted to Hair owner Cara Anderson said "morally" her business should be closed, but with eight staff between the Gunnedah and Tamworth salons, she was just glad her staff still had jobs at this stage.
"I'm trying to give them work while everyone else doesn't have it. It's hard for me to say 'that's it'; for a small business [eight staff members is] a lot," Ms Anderson said.
"That's eight families I'm fighting to keep going. I'm trying to work as much as I can so they can come in the door and I can pay them so they don't have to get the handouts."
Ms Anderson told the NVI she didn't understand why the government hadn't made a set decision, and believed the country should go into lockdown.
"They just keep pushing us but I don't know what else they can do," she said.
"I think we need to go into lockdown so we can go into some normal life over the next 12 months. The longer you leave it, the harder it's going to be."
Hair Delight owner Fiona McKenzie made the decision on Monday to close her doors from Wednesday evening before any announcements had even been made.
"I thought it best for the safety for my family and my client's families," she said.
"It's a hard situation to gauge but my family in lockdown basically now, we're not leaving the house until we go to the grocery shops."
While the situation is unfortunate, Ms McKenzie has come to realise the generosity and support of her clients.
"I've been getting lots of messages of support, even people offering to pay for future appointments, pay upfront now for when we reopen. It's not needed but I'm very appreciative of that," she said.
"We're very lucky, we've got beautiful clients."