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Freedom Day: Northern beaches taste of freedom starts early

THAT'S FREEDOM: Northern beaches residents celebrating 'freedom day' on Monday. Pictures: Geoff Jones
THAT'S FREEDOM: Northern beaches residents celebrating 'freedom day' on Monday. Pictures: Geoff Jones

AFTER 106 days of lockdown, Freedom Day on the northern beaches started early.

There was a queue outside a Mona Vale barber shop at 6am on Monday, with men patiently waiting in the rain outside to get their lockdown hairstyles tamed.

The sign on bright yellow cardboard in the shop's window, read "Open 11 Oct @ 6am" was all that was needed to entice back its customers.

Cafes, restaurants and pubs threw open their doors at long last to welcome back customers with seats snapped up quickly.

Manly MP James Griffin was among those keen for a beer on 'Freedom Day', so he joined locals at Manly Wharf Bar to mark the reopening of NSW by pouring the first beer.

FIRST BEER: Manly MP James Griffin pouring the first beer at Manly Wharf Bar on 'Freedom Day'. Picture: Patrick Blacker

FIRST BEER: Manly MP James Griffin pouring the first beer at Manly Wharf Bar on 'Freedom Day'. Picture: Patrick Blacker

"It's a great to see our lives starting to return to normal and fantastic to see the northern beaches have one of the highest and fastest vaccination rates in the world," he said.

"Like many people on the northern beaches, I am so excited to be able to visit family and friends again. I'm looking forward to celebrating my Mum's birthday this evening".

Taste Espresso Collaroy was keen to welcome back their diners, but asked people to be patient.

"We've come a long, long way together so, little by little here we go. Please be patient with each other and remember we didn't make the rules," the cafe posted to its Instagram page.

Manly Business Chamber urged people to come back to Manly now that COVID restrictions have eased.

"Include our Manly businesses - booking a restaurant, buying a gift, looking for a service, our tourism based economy still needs the love from the locals," the chamber posted to Instagram.

The chamber also called on people to be understanding of the NSW Government's rules around freedoms for vaccinated people.

"Remember our businesses aren't anti-vaxxers or pro-vaxxers, they are just pro-small business and pro serving our community. So if you're intention is to give any of these guys @&$t, just remember they are there to serve you, not take a serving."

FREEDOM: Men were lining up outside a Mona Vale barber shop for a haircut at 6am on 'Freedom Day', Monday, October 11.

FREEDOM: Men were lining up outside a Mona Vale barber shop for a haircut at 6am on 'Freedom Day', Monday, October 11.

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