Barber facing chop unless restrictions lift

EVERY day is a struggle for ‘Joe the Barber’ as he again battles his way through the Covid pandemic – but he hopes to soon have customers back in the shop.

The popular long-time Padstow barber, who has been forced again to close during the pandemic, was joined by Mayor Khal Asfour calling on the State Government to give him support and make sure hotspots aren’t left behind when the lifting of restrictions begins.
Mr Petis, 74, says he really likes his customers and can’t wait to get them back in the barber’s chair next month.
“I feel very bad, I really like to work, I like my job and I cannot sit only at home,” he said.
Having already spent his savings on rent for his home and shop, Mr Petis says he doesn’t know how he will continue to pay the rent.
“I don’t know what do. I wish I could get some support,” he said.
Mayor Khal Asfour says it’s outrageous that people like Joe can’t get support, “especially when we have high vax rates here, and our community is willing to do its bit”.
“To hear that other parts of Sydney might open up while people like Joe suffer and not be able to open is demoralising,” he said.
“We should all be treated fairly and equal.”