'Shutdown inevitable'

Dean Usher with a client on Thursday, one of the last before the salon closes due to the coronavirus.
Dean Usher with a client on Thursday, one of the last before the salon closes due to the coronavirus.

Despite the change to the 30 minute limit for hairdressing clients, Sacha and Dean Usher of Usha's salon, Pambula said they will close at the end of this week.

On March 25 the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a client could only spend 30 minutes in a salon.

Dean and Sasha decided the 30 minute time frame wasn't workable. On Thursday morning - 24 hours later - the rule was revoked.

"I spent all of Wednesday cancelling everyone. I think we're going to stick with closing, we're going to do it anyway because I think we will have to close at some time," Sasha said.

"I think we should close because if you can't have a massage, or have your nails done, then a hairdressers shouldn't be open either. It's about being socially responsible."

Sasha said she had been abused over the phone for being open while at the same time a local doctor had been abused for wearing a mask and "creating hysteria".

"I am trying to run a business. It's financially difficult. I have to be economically responsible and socially responsible and I'm trying to navigate all of this."

She believes that a shutdown is inevitable. The extra hygiene measures required are challenging when there is a shortage of cleaning products.

"I am following the government's advice," Sasha said.

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