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Meet the small businesses hit hard by coronavirus

por Lukas Douglas (2020-04-27)


From cafe owners to hairdressers and videographers, restrictions brought in to stop the spread of coronavirus have hit small business owners hard. 

Self-employed Australians are struggling to adapt to state and federal governments measures to keep the COVID-19 outbreak under control. 

Daily Mail Australia spoke to small business owners who said while they are willing to do their part to keep the virus from spreading, the restrictions threaten to wipe away decades of self-sacrifice and hard work, ?? for both them and their employees.

Restaurants and cafes have been restricted to takeaways, hairdressers and barbers told to maintain social distancing, and gyms and beauty salons forced to close. 

UTS professor and former ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan warned Australia's unemployment rate could more than triple to 17 per cent by Easter, with up to 1.8million job losses. Others more conservatively say there will be one million out of a job by May. 

But should this prediction come true, Australia would have the highest jobless rate since 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, when unemployment officially peaked at 19.75 per cent.

These are the faces of the unemployment crisis gripping the nation.  






Australian small businesses have struggled with tough restrictions designed to stop the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured is Bondi Lash and Beauty Clinic owner Joanne Mcnicholl 







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Beauty salon owner - Joanne Mcnicholl
Joanne Mcnicholl has run Bondi Lash and Beauty Clinic for 12 years but was forced to shut her doors on Thursday as the government introduced stage two restrictions following a surge in the coronavirus infection rate.

'At the start we didn't think it was going to get so bad but last week it really kicked in and some people just didn't feel safe coming in anymore,' she told Daily Mail Australia.



I wanted the government to tell me to shut me down because business had slowed down so much 

'I wanted the government to tell me to shut me down because business had slowed down so much.'

Mrs Mcnicholl said she negotiated a 15 per cent discount on her $8,500 a month rent prior to the shut down, but now has no income.

'This is something I've grown from the start, I've sacrificed a lot for my business and it's taken time away from my three young kids,' she said.

'So now I'm feeling guilty for how much time I've sacrificed when it's just been taken away in two seconds.'






Joanne Mcnicholl has successfully run Bondi Lash and Beauty Clinic for 12 years but was forced to shut her doors on Thursday due to government restrictions. Pictured left to right, husband Simon and children Ronan, Sophia and Sienna







Despite the difficult conditions Mrs Mcnicholl said she understood the seriousness of the coronavirus and feared putting the lives of her staff and clients in danger simply by being open