At Bondi Junction Westfield, where the first transmission between the limousine driver and the community is believed to have taken place, parts of the parking lot reached capacity for the first time in months, and people stood in line for barbers, nail salons, make-up and active clothing.
No, the end of the lockdown does not necessarily signal the resumption of normal clothing patterns. It may signal that your old jeans are no longer fitting.
“I really need to be wearing active clothes because I did not stay in the gym,” Racquel Garwood explained as she reached the front of the queue at designer activewear retailer Lululemon.
In the personal improvement neighborhood, women lined up to have their nails done and men lined up to have their beards and heads cut.
Paulina Pinete had suffered from decayed nails for several months after her old semi-permanent coating began to grow out. She tried to take the rest off with nail polish remover but it did not work and they started to look like the purple nails of a woman who had tried to escape from her own coffin.
“I was like, that’s going to be the first thing I do,” she said as she waited outside Nail Designz. She was planning to get a French manicure.
Three months ago, NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant looked gray when she told a news conference how the virus had passed between people in an “instant” crossover at Myer in Bondi Junction Westfield.
It was a strong demonstration of the transferability of the Delta tribe. But on Monday, Mauro Spigone was furious that he was flipping through jumpers at one of the places where COVID-19 had flown the coop.
“I’m actually fine,” he said. “It’s great to be back again.”