- September 10, 2021
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A local barber has been handed a huge fine for taking clients during Sydney’s hard lockdown, and residents nearby have been warned police will be watching to ensure they comply with Covid restrictions.
The owner of Golden Cuts on Chiswick Road, at Auburn, copped a $5,000 fine for breaching a public health order.
On Sydney’s sixth day of lockdown, 24 new cases were announced bringing the total number of active Covid-19 cases in New South Wales to 194.
The owner of Golden Cuts barber on Chiswick Street at Auburn (pictured) was fined $5000 after police were tipped off the barber shop was continuing to serve customers
It is understood NSW Police were tipped off by a member of the public that the hairdresser was continuing to operate as normal, despite Greater Sydney being six days into a hard lockdown.
Only essential services are permitted to remain open, which does not include hairdressers or beauty salons.
It does include huge businesses including supermarkets, hardware stores and even some clothing shops – with the likes of Kmart opening legally.
There has been confusion over which types of businesses are entitled to remain open, with several major retailers continuing to operate.
Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, a Fitness First and Bluey’s Swim School (at Bankstown) have been listed as casual contact locations from active Covid-19 cases.
The owner of the barber shop was contacted by Daily Mail Australia but did not speak English.
New South Police confirmed 65 PINs were issued on Wednesday, including a police superintendent.
‘One of those of concern was a hairdresser in auburn in the shopping area of auburn,’ said NSW police deputy commissioner Gary Worboys.
Police have warned they would ‘double down’ their compliance and visibility efforts from South Western Sydney back to the Eastern Suburbs
The 53-year-old officer was fined $200 for not failing to wear a mask indoors at a Mount Colah fast food shop.
Deputy commissioner Gary Worboys specifically mentioned Auburn and Bankstown as areas that officers would be targeting to ensure members of the public and businesses are respecting lockdown restrictions.
‘In particular today I want to send a very clear message that we will double down our efforts in terms of visibility and compliance in South Western Sydney in particular, around that auburn, bankstown area,’ deputy commissioner Worboys told a press conference.
‘In those shopping areas, the central business areas and also back to the Eastern Suburbs as well.’
NSW Health data up to 8pm Wednesday showed the Canterbury-Bankstown area had 16 active cases of Covid-19.
‘The message is quite clear, that police continue to be visible in the community, on public transport, we are stopping many people, and again’ it’s just disappointing that infringements continue to be issued,’ deputy commissioner Worboys said.
Fines for breaching public health orders are $1000 for individuals but $5000 for businesses.
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