The only place to get a legal haircut in Sydney during lockdown: Hairdresser trims locks while ‘fishing’ at the beach
- The man with his barber’s tools was spotted at a Sydney beach last weekend
- He was trimming the hair of a fellow fisherman in between casting lines
- Visits to barbers and salons are not yet permitted in Greater Sydney’s lockdown
- Establishments are getting ready to re-open at 70 percent full vaccination
A man has found a way around Sydney’s lockdown ban on visits to barbershops by creating an outdoor salon while fishing at the beach.
Hairdressers, beauty salons, spas, nail, waxing and tanning salons and tattoo parlours are among the establishments closed since Sydney’s current lockdown took effect in late June.
While waiting for a bite, the man was seen trimming a fellow fisherman’s hair at a Sydney beach last weekend
The man appeared to be a professional barber who ‘had all the tools’. Visits to barbers and hair salons are not permitted in Greater Sydney during the current lockdown
While fishing at a Sydney beach, a man was seen trimming hair in a makeshift al fresco barbershop.
The videographer said the man appeared to be a professional barber who ‘had all the tools’.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been regularly asked about when hairdressing salons would be permitted to re-open at the state’s daily Covid updates.
In early August she suggested ‘personal care services’ such as hairdressers might be able to re-open by August 29, but was later forced to backtrack after the NSW cabinet rejected the proposal.
Now Sydney’s salons are preparing to open again once the state hits the target of 70 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated, expected to be in mid-October.
One of the salons caught up in the start of Sydney’s current long-running outbreak, Joh Bailey at Double Bay, plans to allow five customers at a time into the venue once it is allowed to re-open, while other customers will be visited ‘in-home’ in order to meet demand.
Sydney’s salons and barbershops are preparing to open again once the state hits the target of 70 percent of the eligible population fully vaccinated, expected to be in mid-October
Joh Bailey Hairdressing Salon at Double Bay after it was reported as a high exposure site at the start of Sydney’s Delta outbreak in June
Marilyn Koch, the co-founder of iconic Sydney hair salon Joh Bailey, said they will be opening their doors to five customers at a time in line with the government cap.
But they have a clever plan to shampoo, blow dry and style as many customers as possible come Freedom Day.
Vaccinated Joh Bailey stylists will make home visits to vaccinated customers in an initiative dubbed ‘Love is in the Hair’.
‘Our clients are desperate,’ Joh Bailey co-founder Marilyn Koch told Daily Mail Australia.
‘(Getting to the hairdresser is) all everybody talks about. I get messages every single day – hundreds of them.’
Mandatory face masks, check-in. limits on numbers of customers and a registered Covid safety plan will all be required once venues are permitted to re-open.
The barber’s beachside salon likely stretches the definition of outdoor recreation.
From today people in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated.
Proof of vaccination must be carried at all times and produced if requested by police.
The five-person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under.