Gardai bust 'packed' Dublin barbers as video shows shop open in Level 5

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This is the moment when a “closed” south Dublin barber was busted by Gardai for apparently operating during Level 5 restrictions.

Empire Barbershop in Tallaght is now the second barbers in just over a week to be outed by Dublin Live for allegedly cutting hair despite being told to shut up shop until December by the Government.

Last week, we brought you inside Westside’s Huntstown Barbers which was ‘breaching Covid-19 rules’ as a razor sharp video showed punters apparently flocking into the ‘closed shop’.

And last night, another High Street barber was spied on by Dublin Live for nearly one hour as a stream of customers snipped in and out before Gardai arrived to speak to the owner.

The Tallaght trimmer was “packed with customers and barbers” according to a source with “no social distancing taking place” in the premises.

The video shows as many as three officers stepping inside the shop while four men and one young person sitting in the chair are all visible inside – with one of the alleged workers seen clearly wearing no mask at all.

Gardai at the scene of Empire Barbershop, Tallaght

A source told Dublin Live: “I was there for about one hour last night and it was packed. I’d say at least 12 people went in and out.”

Dublin Live understands that Gardai have received numerous calls about the barbers in recent days.

It is also understood that upon arrival last night that one of the barbers informed Gardai that they were teaching classes in the building.

Under current restrictions, we are allowed to meet up with someone from one other household.

But, it must be done in an outdoor setting where social distancing can be maintained – meaning that the barbers were still breaching Covid-19 rules if the allegations against them are proven.

The source continued: “Gardai arrived to speak to the owner and one of the people working there said that they were teaching classes.

“If they were teaching classes, they would have had one customer in there for one hour at least, and not firing out haircuts, because the haircut would be analysed cut by cut.

“But there was a constant stream of people coming and paying for the service.”

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Dublin Live has contacted Gardai and the barber in question regarding the incident.

Source: Dublin News