‘We can’t wait to see you tomorrow’: Melbourne salon risks being fined $10,000 by defying Dan’s lockdown and opening her business this weekend
- Adam & Weave Hair Salon and Barber is reopening on October 17 in Melbourne
- Owners Jomana Najem and Roger Hallak are risking a $9,913 fine to stay afloat
- They say they are facing bankruptcy if they continue to live without an income
Adam & Weave Hair Salon and Barber in Hughesdale, the city’s south-east, are risking the $9,913 fine to keep the struggling business afloat.
Husband and wife Jomana Najem and Rojer Alhallak, who own the business, said they will go bankrupt if they continue to live without an income.
‘We have just decided we are going to open our doors tomorrow because if we don’t we are going go bankrupt,’ Ms Najem told Rebel News reporter Avi Yemini.
‘If we don’t work we can’t pay our rent, we can’t do anything, and this is a new business.’
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Husband and wife Jomana Najem and Rojer Alhallak, who own the salon, said they will go bankrupt if they continue to live without an income
Adam & Weave Hair Salon and Barber in Hughesdale is risking the $9,913 fine to keep the struggling business afloat
The salon only opened on July 8, the same day Premier Daniel Andrews announced the city was re-entering lockdown.
The business was only open for three and a half weeks before they had to shut up shop on August 3 due to strict stage four restrictions.
Since that day, they have been struggling to survive without any form of income or welfare payments.
‘Rojer is new to Australia, he is on a temporary residency we have had not on cent from the government for our business. Even personally no Centrelink, nothing,’ Ms Najem said.
‘I have just had my parenting payments cut off.’
It is the second time Mr Alhallak has been forced to close his business, after leaving his home country Syria.
The salon only opened on July 8, before they had to shut up shop on August 3 under even stricter stage four restrictions
‘The first time he lost his salon because of war, and this time he is like, why is this happening again? I literally opened a salon and it’s being taken away from me.
‘This is a war but it’s an invisible, war its a psychological war and I kept thinking – we have to do something about it.’
Meanwhile, the K9 Salon next door reopened two weeks ago, offering pet-grooming services.
‘They were able to open but it doesn’t make sense that they were allowed to open and cut animal hair but human hair is not allowed to be cut,’ Ms Najem said.
Ms Najem said the pair are struggling to survive without any form of income or welfare payments
For her partner Mr Alhallak (pictured styling a model) it is the second time he has been forced to close his business, after leaving his home country Syria
While the couple admit they can’t afford the $9,913 fine they say it’s a risk they are willing to take.
Ms Najem said they need to pay rent for the store, rent for their house and provide for their two little children.
‘What would you do if you were in our position?’ she questioned.
The business owners are urging Melburnians to come by and visit them when they open their doors at 8.30am on Saturday.
‘Melbourne we love you and we are here to support you. We cant wait to see your beautiful faces tomorrow,’ they wrote on Facebook.
The business owners are urging Melburnians to come by and visit them when they open their doors at 8.30am on Saturday
Police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $9,913 for businesses across the state found in breach of COVID-19 stay at home orders.
Mr Andrews will make an announcement on Sunday about potentially easing coronavirus restrictions across Melbourne.
But he has admitted it was unlikely big steps would be taken as the state’s second wave of COVID-19 is proving to be ‘stubborn’.
The state recorded two new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from Thursday to Friday.
The 14-day rolling average in metropolitan Melbourne has dropped to 8.9 while the two-week average in regional Victoria is 0.6.
There are now 157 active cases in the state – a figure that was last recorded on June 7. Of the active cases, 17 are mystery cases that are not traceable.
According to the current roadmap, Melbourne will move to the third step of restrictions when the daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 statewide and there are less than 5 cases with unknown sources in the last 2 weeks.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Adam and Weave Hair Salon for comment.
MELBOURNE’S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO AND WHEN:
Step one: Came into effect on September 14
Step two: Came into effect on September 28
Step three: When there is a daily statewide average of five new cases over the past 14 days. The original aim was for October 26, brought forward to October 19 after the 14-day average of new cases fell below initial expectations, but again put on hold after new case numbers plateaued.
This has now been revamped to be a series of ‘mini-steps’ and more gradual easings as the numbers proved difficult to shift.
Step four: The move to step four will come when there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on November 23
COVID Normal: After 28 days of no new COVID-19 cases, things will return to normal.
FREEDOMS YOU GET AT EACH STEP OF EASING
Step one – came into effect September 14
– Curfew has been eased to 9pm-5am
– People can still only leave home for the four reasons (shopping, exercise, work and care or medical attention)
– Public gatherings increased to two people, or a household, for a maximum of two hours
– Singles can have one nominated person to their home as part of the ‘singles social bubble’
– Childcare and early educators to remain closed
– Schools will continue to learn remotely unless they have exemptions
– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, unless they have exemption
– Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry
– Cafes and restaurants will continue with take away only
– Retail businesses will remain open for essential shopping, with others only operating with click and collect
– Only one person per household can do the essential shopping
Step two – came into effect September 28
– Melbourne’s curfew lifted
– Public gatherings increase again to five people from a maximum of two households
– Childcare and early educators can re-open
– Schools to continue with remote learning, but Prep to Grade Two and Year 11 and Year 12 students will gradually return to class in Term 4
– There will be an increase to permitted workplaces
Step three – originally expected October 26, brought forward to October 19
– There are no restrictions on leaving home
– Public gatherings increase to 10 people together outdoors
– A ‘household bubble’ will be introduced, so five people from one house can visit another
– Remote learning to continue, but Grades 3 to Year 11 can gradually return to class
– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, but hands on classes will see a phased return to onsite
– Work from home is encouraged
– Up to 10 people can eat together at restaurants and cafes, with the majority of tables outdoor
– Retail shops to reopen, with hairdresses operating under safety measures but beauty stores to remain closed
– Real estate agents can conduct private inspections by appointment
– The one person per household limit on shopping is to be revoked
Step four – expected in November, dependent on new case numbers:
– Public gatherings to increase to 50 people outdoors
– Up to 20 visitors can attend a home at any one time
– All adult education will return to onsite with safety measures in place
– Groups limited to 20 indoors and a maximum of 50 patrons per venue
– All retail stores to reopen, while real estate agents can operate with safety measures and by keeping a record of attendants
Step five – COVID normal:
– Public gatherings have no restriction
– There will also be no restriction on visitors to homes
– Phased return to onsite work for work from home workers
– Schools to reopen as normal
– Restrictions on hospitality removed, but venues to continue keeping records