The owners of a barbershop in Melbourne that opened during lockdown are urging other companies to open their doors and risk a $10,000 solidarity fine.
In Hughesdale, Adam and Weave Barber and Salon followed through on a vow to defy restrictions and open on Saturday.
They were greeted with a reply from the police and were forced to close by 11 am. Later in the day, a $10,000 fine was issued.
Co-owner Joumana Najem took to Facebook, considering the hefty ticket, to inspire other companies to open their doors.
“We were closed down today, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to reopen,” she said.
“If I can get even another 20 businesses tomorrow to open their doors in solidarity with us, then I don’t think we will be arrested.
“Just do it.
“We have the real power.”
The hairdresser was slapped with a $9,913 fine for violating the orders of the Chief Health Officer.
They risk arrest if they open again on Sunday.
Before announcing their next move, Najem and her husband and co-owner, Rojer Achallak, are considering their legal options.
But Premier Daniel Andrews said the maths didn’t add up.
“If you’re wanting to fill your till by opening up against the rules, you’re going to get a $10,000 fine,” he said.
“The maths of that doesn’t add up.”