Shepparton News

Hairdresse­rs overjoyed to be back

- By Max Stainkamph

Even through a face mask, you would have been able to see the smile on Libinski Hairdresse­rs owner Ross Cucinotta’s face from the moon.

Mr Cucinotta joined hundreds of business owners across Shepparton in throwing open their doors yesterday as the city’s lockdown lifted, allowing hairdresse­rs, restaurant­s, cafes and other businesses to reopen.

While subject to strict capacity limits and contact tracing measures like QR codes and licence checks, Mr Cucinotta said he was overjoyed to be back working.

‘‘We’re a little bit stressed in relation to how we’re going to fit in those people, but so far, clients have just been great. Just amazing,’’ he said.

‘‘You should see the smiles. It is great and I reckon if they could give you a hug, they certainly would.’’

He said the phone ‘‘went crazy’’ after Wednesday’s announceme­nt that Shepparton would be coming out of lockdown.

‘‘Even last night I think we were still going through (them) at about nine o’clock,’’ he said on Thursday.

The density requiremen­ts would be the hardest part of opening.

‘‘We’ve got lots of space here, we’re in a house, so we’ve got all those rooms, but it’s just a matter of now we can only have that limited number in the salon,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s probably going to slow us down . . . in getting those clients in.’’

However he understood those requiremen­ts — and the lockdown before it — was what was required to keep the community safe and clients all understood and followed the density and signin requiremen­ts.

Because just like Mr Cucinotta, they’re also delighted to be back.

 ?? Picture: Megan Fisher ?? Back in the chair: Kerrie Sweeney has her hair done by Libinski Hairdresse­rs owner Ross Cucinotta after restrictio­ns lifted yesterday.
Picture: Megan Fisher Back in the chair: Kerrie Sweeney has her hair done by Libinski Hairdresse­rs owner Ross Cucinotta after restrictio­ns lifted yesterday.

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