Australian hairdressing icon Joh Bailey’s Double Bay salon has been listed as a location for a potential super-spreader event
Hundreds of customers at a hairdressing salon frequented by Sydney’s high society have been thrown into isolation by an infected employee.
Joh Bailey’s in Double Bay, in the city’s eastern suburbs, could spread the virus across Sydney, after a hairdresser worked for three days on June 17 to 19 while infectious – putting hundreds of people at risk.
The male hairdresser who lives in western Sydney and commutes to Double Bay is the only unlinked case of 11 announced on Thursday.
The salon is the biggest concern for health officials as they battle to contain Sydney’s latest Covid outbreak.
Mr Bailey on Thursday afternoon confirmed the salon would be shutting down temporarily for cleaning and contact tracing, with three female customers already testing positive.
‘In light of this, our Double Bay salon will be temporarily closed for deep cleaning and we will advise our re-opening date in due course.
‘An enormous thank you to our valued clients and community who have reached out with messages and support of kindness.
‘It is appreciated so much and we in turn wish everyone to remain safe, healthy and supported during this challenging global pandemic.’
Joh Bailey’s Double Bay hairdresser has been listed as a location for a potential superspreader event – putting hundreds of people at risk of infection
The founder took to Instagram on Thursday afternoon confirming the salon would be shutting down temporarily due to contact from a coronavirus-positive patron
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Wednesday) has so far managed to fend off a lockdown, instead bringing in restrictions including limited visitors to the home and mandatory masks – even in offices
Joh Bailey Double Bay has about 15 hairdressers working at any given time, plus beauticians and support staff.
Hundreds of customers who had haircuts and other treatments on June 17 to 19 have been plunged into isolation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned on Sydney was going through the ‘scariest period’ of the pandemic yet, but refused to impose a city-wide lockdown as she confirmed 11 new local cases of Covid-19 overnight.
The 11 additional cases includes six recorded overnight since 8pm and five unreported infections from Wednesday’s figures.
All but one of the new infections, the hairdresser, is linked to a previous case.
There are now 36 cases linked to the Bondi cluster, which prompted the NSW premier to impose widespread restrictions to slow the spread of the highly-contagious Delta strain of the virus.
The positive community cases came from 48,402 tests, up from the 44,640 carried out the day before.
NSW Health said 11 of the 30 people who went to a ‘super-spreader’ birthday party in West Hoxton in Sydney’s west had now returned positive Covid-19 results.
Covid cases are on the rise in Sydney (pictured, a couple in mandatory masks in Manly)
New South Wales has recorded 11 new local cases of Covid-19 overnight. Commuters pictured wearing face masks on a train platform at Central Station on Wednesday
Ms Berejiklian said she was comfortable the restrictions announced on Wednesday were sufficient to contain the outbreak of the highly-contagious Delta variant.
‘This is perhaps the scariest period that New South Wales is going through, and [NSW Chief Health Officer] Dr Chant and I have an equal view of that,’ she said.
‘It is a very contagious variant but at the same time we are comfortable that the settings we have in place are appropriate.’
Fears were earlier mounting that millions of Sydneysiders may soon be confined to their homes as the virus spreads across the city, but this did not come to pass.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and four other MPs were forced into isolation after being close contacts of Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall, who tested positive to Covid-19.
He contracted the virus after dining at Christo’s Pizzeria in Paddington in Sydney’s inner-east on Monday night.
NEW COVID-19 RULES FOR GREATER SYDNEY
From 4pm Wednesday for one week:
Visitors to households will be limited to five guests – including children;
Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people);
Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity;
Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced
Those who live and work in seven hotspot suburbs will not be allowed to leave metropolitan Sydney unless they have an essential reason
Mr Hazzard on Thursday afternoon confirmed he had tested negative and, as a casual contact, was allowed to leave isolation.
However, other MPs and staff from a National Parrty post-Budget dinner on Tuesday night are in isolation as close contacts of Mr Marshall.
The parliament’s whips sent notes to MPs members urging them not to bring in staff before both houses sit on Thursday.
MPs who were at Parliament House on Tuesday or Wednesday have been told by the NSW Department of Parliamentary Services to self-isolate until told otherwise.
THE THREE FACTORS THAT COULD SEND SYDNEY INTO LOCKDOWN
The city’s vaccination levels
How fast the Delta variant is spreading
How active the cases were in the community while they were infectious
Source: UNSW epidemiologist Dr Abrar Chughtai
On Thursday, Queensland recorded three new local cases after an infected woman in her 30s visited the Portuguese Family Centre restaurant in Ellen Grove in Brisbane’s south-west.
Ms Berejiklian, who has always strived to take a measured approach to outbreaks, has so far stood firm by refusing to lock down Sydney, instead bringing in a number of restrictions including limits of five visitors to a household and mandatory masks.
The Delta variant is so contagious that two people in Bondi this week caught Covid by momentarily brushing past each other.
While other premiers have locked down state capitals after just two cases, Ms Berejiklian has always tried to strike a balance between public health and economic and mental wellbeing.