According to the police, at least one other person was arrested at the scene and fined. However, it is unclear whether this person was a customer.
“The Victoria Police are aware of the difficulties many companies are currently facing and have made every effort to resolve today’s issue without incurring a fine,” said a Victoria Police spokeswoman.
“However, following repeated warnings and consultations with the Department of Health and Human Services, the business owner was fined $ 9,913.”
Ms. Najem said the nearly $ 10,000 fine was not a major issue for her, saying she had committed to crowdfunding the cost of challenging the fine in court – but would not disclose which groups or individuals would pay their fine.
The salon owner said she had no personal relationship with the company found by Rebel News, which is running crowdfunding campaigns for a variety of lockdown legal challenges – including a Supreme Court challenge on behalf of an anti-lockdown protester, the beginning was submitted this week.
At least one person who went to the salon on Saturday morning was holding a “Save Victoria” banner, the slogan for another Rebel News crowdfunding campaign.
Ms. Najem said she runs her salon COVID-safe, but doesn’t require every customer to wear a mask.
“Almost everyone wore a mask today.”
It comes after a defiant Berwick retailer promised earlier this week it would trade indefinitely, despite facing a nearly $ 10,000 fine after opening its menswear store on Wednesday.
Harry Hutchinson said he was sick of the mandatory lockdown of retail stores by the state government in metropolitan Melbourne and made his own decision to reopen his store, Harry’s Clothing.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Saturday he hoped no more businesses would follow after the examples of Berwick and Hughesdale and urged business owners to be patient.
“This is a challenge and yes it is painful, there are a lot of injuries and it needs to be healed, and there will be a budget that is unprecedented in terms of the size and type of investments we have made,” he said.
Mr Andrews said he sympathized with business owners who said they had to “open up” because they ran out of money but they should “ring the doorbell (the state government support lines) and we will take care of you if we can”.
“But if you want to fill your till by opening up to the rules, you will be fined $ 10,000. The math doesn’t match, ”said Andrews.
“If there had been a date, we wouldn’t have done what we did,” she said. “We have no hope, we see no silver lining.”
She said the family had been overwhelmed with support for the reopening, and people gave food, money and gifts for their children on Saturday.
“We got flooded and told people to come and we would make an appointment for cuts,” said Ms. Najem. “The amount of support was insane.”
The couple, who have two young children, said they would decide tonight whether to reopen tomorrow and risk further fines or charges from the police.
The Victoria Police spokeswoman said the force “would like to praise the vast majority of Victorians who continue to adhere to restrictions”.
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Rachael Dexter is a breaking news reporter for The Age.
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