‘They can’t arrest us all’: Defiant Melbourne barbershop owners are calling on other companies to defy Daniel Andrews’ incarceration and open up – despite a $ 10,000 fine
- Jomana Najem posted a Facebook video calling for solidarity between companies
- Ms. Najem and partner were fined $ 10,000 for opening a hair salon in Melbourne
- The couple were told they risked arrest if they attempted to reopen the store
- Ms. Najem said she did not think she would be arrested if other businesses opened
A Melbourne couple fined $ 10,000 for reopening their hair salon has urged companies to open their doors in spite of Phase Four closing.
Husband and wife Jomana Najem and Rojer Achallak opened their Adam and Weave store for business in Hughesdale Saturday morning.
Police came to the scene and told the couple to stop trading before handing over a $ 9,913 fine.
Ms Najem and Mr Achallak were also told that they would risk being arrested if they reopen their doors.
State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has since announced that hair salons can resume trading as a number of restrictions are rolled back from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
But his announcement came too late for Ms. Najem, who posted a video to Facebook Saturday night calling on companies to reopen and take a stand against lockdown.
“I’m not even asking for 50, if I can get another 20 companies tomorrow to open their doors in solidarity with us, then I don’t think we’ll be arrested,” she said.
“Just do it,” she said.
Husband and wife Jomana Najem and Rojer Achallak (pictured) opened their Adam and Weave store in Hughesdale Saturday morning.
Although Mr Andrew’s announcement came too late for Ms Najem who posted a video to Facebook on Saturday night calling on companies to reopen and take a stand against lockdown
The salon first opened on July 8 and was only operational for three and a half weeks before closing down on August 3 due to strict Stage Four restrictions.
The couple, like many retail and hospitality business owners, have been unable to trade for months and have started to feel the financial squeeze.
They lived on their savings without any support from the government.
Ms. Najem said she was disgusted after Prime Minister Daniel Andrews condemned the couple for reopening the store.
“If you try to fill your register by opening against the rules, you will be fined $ 10,000,” Mr. Andrews said.
“The math is wrong.”
But Mrs. Najem hit back, saying she wasn’t driven by greed.
“What a crazy thing to say,” she said.
‘We’re not trying to fill the till. We just try to make money by putting food on the table and paying our rent and living our lives with our heads up and dignified. ‘
Ms Najem said she had no faith in Mr Andrews and would start a campaign to protest the hard shutdown.
“I’ve decided I’m going to have a T-shirt made to which Dan Andrew’s answer is with us, ‘if you want to fill the till,’” she said.
Adam & Weave Hair Salon and Barber in Hughesdale fined $ 9,913 for opening in lockdown
The salon did not open until July 8, before they had to close the store on August 3 because the city was locked
Mr Andrews announced on Sunday that a number of restrictions will be relaxed in Victoria from midnight.
Melburnians are allowed to travel 15 miles from home and there will be no limit to the time spent outside.
Hairdressing salons will again be allowed to trade with enforced safety protocols.
But Melbourne businesses have to wait longer for relaxed restrictions, with Mr. Andrews confirming that retail, hospitality and ‘personal care’ services will remain closed until November 1.