‘I’ve had enough’: Brisbane beauty salon owner defies lockdown rules
By Jocelyn Garcia
Police have surrounded a beauty salon in inner Brisbane after its owner defied Queensland lockdown restrictions by opening her business.
South-east Queensland as well as Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island entered a three-day lockdown from Tuesday at 6pm.
Residents can only leave their homes for essential reasons, including getting food, visiting a vulnerable person, for exercise and to go to work.
All non-essential businesses including cinemas, entertainment venues, gyms and beauty salons closed. All but one.
Vanity House owner Daniela Milos was surrounded by about 10 supporters as she opened her Newstead business for the second day during lockdown on Thursday.
“I decided to fight for my human freedom to operate my business and go against the directions of the Health Minister,” she said.
“This is my opinion and the opinion of the constitution that says I have every legal right to do so in providing for my family.
“I’ve had enough. This is the third or fourth lockdown and people aren’t able to provide for loved ones.
“The majority of people are also fed up. I have too many people wanting to book in and they are showing up to their bookings.”
Ms Milos said Thursday was the second time police had come to her business this week. The first was a warning to have her staff and customers wear masks prior to the lockdown.
“I’m not legally entitled to force someone to wear a mask. It is up to the individual to choose to do so or not,” she said.
“Why are we forced to wear masks that we know don’t work? No one is dying and all that COVID-19 is nothing more than a flu strain.”
A police spokeswoman said police were patrolling the area when they came across people gathering outside the business.
“About 10 people, both clients and anti-maskers, were told to move on and they complied,” she said.
“The business owner was spoken to and she agreed to close.”
However, Ms Milos told Brisbane Times she would remain open.