Most of us are asking, “when are salons gonna open?” Well, the Department of Trade and Industry said that barbershops and salons can finally open its doors to customers beginning June 7 in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas. However, the department clarified that it will be only at 30% operating capacity.
Meanwhile, areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) will be allowed to operate at 50% operating capacity.
Salons and Barbershops allowed to operate
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez confirmed that Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed the opening of barbershops and salons in GCQ areas as long as minimum health protocol standards are observed prior to opening.
“Earlier opening was reconsidered in recognition of the very strict health protocol that was developed and to be adopted before they can be allowed to operate, to prevent any risk of COVID-19 transmission,” he said.
However, only basic services such as haircut and hairstyle may be offered to customers.
“Basic lang po, haircut at hairstyling [ang allowed]. Wala muna ‘yung mga iba.”
“Basta haircut and hairstyle lang ang pinag-usapan,” he said in his interview on Dobol B sa News TV.
Services like massage treatment, shaving, shampooing, waxing, threading, manicure, and pedicure will not be allowed since these require longer physical contact.
“Less contact the better.
“Wala na muna ang iba. ‘Yung basic lang at mabilisan,” he said.
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The reopening of salons and barbershops will bring back an estimated at 400,000 jobs in over 35,000 shops.
For those who will violate protocols shall face shop closure.
“There will be no need for accreditation to remove any bureaucracy in opening, but there will operations audit to be done, and non compliant shops will be closed down until they correct the deficiencies,” he said.