DTI may allow beauty salons, barber shops to reopen in GCQ areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) — The Department of Trade and Industry has announced it will look into the possibility of allowing hair salons and barber shops in areas with loosened restrictions on economic activities.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said there would be inspections on Sunday to find out how well these establishments could implement health protocols to protect customers and employees once they resume operations under easier quarantine rules.

As a general rule, all offices and other commercial establishments that will reopen must adhere to basic infection control measures, including one-meter distancing between employees, the wearing of face masks, and temperature checks.

“Kasama po ang pag-review, may mag-de-demo na barbershops and salons para ho kung tayo po ay magiging [general community quarantine] na. Ito po ay pinag-aaralan na rin ngayon kung dapat na rin silang buksan,” Lopez told a Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: We would review - there would be demonstrations on how health protocols can be implemented inside salons and barber shops once we ease to GCQ. We are studying if they can reopen.]

On the same day, the Palace released https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200522-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdfupdated community quarantine guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The guidelines stated that barber shops, salons and personal care service establishments may operate to cater to a maximum of 50 percent of its venue capacity only when modified general community quarantine is in place. This also includes dine-in services in food retail and preparation establishments such as supermarkets and groceries.

Earlier, Lopez bared that they are also considering allowing restaurants to hold dine-in services for a few customers amid COVID-19 quarantine restrictions if health measures are followed.