The one unanswered question about Freedom Day: As pubs, restaurants and shops reopen, Kyle Sandilands reveals what many Sydney men are too afraid to ask
Millions of NSW residents are waking up to their first day of freedom after 106 gruelling days of coronavirus lockdown, with pubs, restaurants, hair salons, shops and gyms finally able to fling open their doors.
But there’s one question about Freedom Day that many men will be afraid to ask: will erotic massage parlours be included in the category of ‘personal services’?
Kyle Sandilands, who has admitted to frequenting ‘oily joints’ in the past during his single days, said there was some confusion about the new rules concerning massage shops that offer ‘extras’.
‘Grey area’: Kyle Sandilands says there is some confusion about the new Freedom Day rules concerning massage shops that offer ‘extras’
NSW Health’s list of freedoms for vaccinated Australians from Monday, October 11, includes the category of ‘shopping and personal services’.
The following venues fall under this category: hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours.
While the term ‘parlour’ is often associated with venues that offer sexual services, it’s believed that only legitimate remedial massage centres will be open for business and sex venues will remain shut until December.
‘Oily joints’: NSW Health’s list of freedoms for vaccinated Australians from Monday, October 11, includes visiting ‘massage parlours’. While the term ‘parlour’ is often associated with venues that offer sexual services, it’s believed that only legitimate remedial massage centres will be open for business and sex venues will remain shut until December
However, Kyle felt the rules weren’t clear enough, noting the ‘grey area’ between brothels and message shops that sometimes offer ‘extras’.
‘The jerk-off joints are not open?’ the 50-year-old asked during a news bulletin on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday.
‘There is a difference [between brothels and erotic massage parlours]. There is a grey area,’ he added to co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and newsreader Brooklyn Ross.
Unclear: Kyle (pictured with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson) felt the rules weren’t clear enough, noting the ‘grey area’ between brothels and message shops that sometimes offer ‘extras’
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‘There’s nothing worse than finding out at the end [of the massage]. “Oh, you don’t do? Oh, it’s legit. Won’t be coming back here, that’s for sure.”‘
The conversation swiftly ended when Kyle realised Jackie’s 10-year-old daughter, Kitty, had strolled into her home studio.
Pubs, restaurants, hair salons, shops and gyms opened their doors on Monday as NSW emerged from 106 days of lockdown.
The state shattered its 70 per cent Covid vaccination target for over-16s last week, allowing businesses to resume trade on Monday at 12.01am.
Friends and family cut off by the 5km bubble will also be reunited at long last, with up to ten visitors allowed in homes – and 30 able to meet up outdoors.
WHAT CAN I DO TODAY?
If you’ve had both shots of the vaccine you can now travel beyond the 5km bubble.
Sydneysiders can now move about anywhere across the Harbour City as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, or Shellharbour.
Those living in regional areas are free to travel throughout the state.
But intrastate travel between Sydney and regional areas is still a no-go.
DRINKING AND GOING OUT:
Double-dosed residents can now head back to the pub with the one person per sq/m rule in place.
Dancing and standing up indoors is still banned, with nightclubs keeping their doors shut
SEEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
You can also have up to 10 friends inside their home or gather with 30 outdoors.
Your are now free to get a table at your favourite café or restaurant with the one person per sq/m rule also in place.
Again, only the fully-vaccinated are allowed
Gyms are now open to the fully vaccinated with up to 20 people allowed to workout indoors or in a class.
You can once again browse your favourite shops with retail stores allowed to operate under the one person per sq/m rule.
Catch a movie at the cinema with all indoor entertainment facilities allowed to trade at 75 per cent capacity.
This means theatres are also open, as are museums.
BEAUTY AND HAIR:
Personal services like haircuts are also permitted with five people allowed in the salon.
Nail salons, barbers and massage parlors will also be open.