EMOTIONS are running high as Warrnambool businesses come to grips with more closures.
Tighter measures announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison which will see beauty salons close at midnight on Wednesday have been welcomed by some businesses with calls for the shut down to go further.
Skinfit Body and Beauty owner Danielle Singleton said businesses like hers should have been told to close earlier instead of the shut down happening in stages.
She said it was difficult to understand why hairdressing salons could stay open with clients allocated only 30 minutes but beauty salons had to close.
"What is the difference between a hairdresser and a beauty salon?" she said.
"I don't know why they're doing it in these stages.
"My salon is cleaner than any retail store. Our stores have ridiculously high hygiene standards."
Ms Singleton said if all non-essential businesses closed it would hopefully mean less time out of action for many.
She said while the salon was closed customers could still purchase products from the store online.
"For us the ongoing thing will be the rent and the rates," she said.
"Everything is unknown."
Logans Beach Spa Retreat owner Kate Stevens decided to close on Sunday.
The business opened on Wednesday for acupuncture clients and to service some customers with booking for later in the week.
"Honestly we knew it was coming," she said.
"It's all just happened much quicker after the weekend.
"It's going to be a very interesting time. We just need to make sure we look after each other and bunker down.
"For now it's surreal. We're very lucky not to have had a lot of cases in Warrnambool. But if people continue to go out and about it can't stay that way." Ms Stevens echoed Ms Singleton and said the quicker all non-essential businesses were closed the better.
"Shut it down, the quicker the better especially health wise," she said. "If we all bunker down hopefully we can come out stronger in the end."
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For Bonni and Clyde hairdresser Steph Weel the decision was made on Wednesday to close until the coronavirus crisis had passed.
"It is stressful but at the end of the day we can only do what we can do," she said.
"All other non essential services are in the same boat. You've just got to be positive because it's out of our control." She said the restrictions of customers spending no longer then 30 minutes in a salon meant she couldn't provide the service she wanted to.
"It think when people get their hair done it's a luxury," she said.
She said while the salon was closed she would do some little jobs and work on some tutorials for her Instagram page.
"We'll try our best to stay positive," she said.
"Jumping up and down is not going to get us anywhere."
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