Barbershops and salons in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are back in business but they must follow the Department of Trade and Industry’s Memorandum Circular No. 20-38 of the Updated Guidelines for Barbershops and Salons.

Barbershops and salons in areas under GCQ are now allowed to operate at 50% capacity and to perform all haircutting and hair treatment services while those under the MGCQ are allowed to operate at 75% of their capacity and to perform more services which include nail care, basic facial care and spa treatments.

These establishments must adhere to the safety and health protocols which include strict implementation of a No Face Mask, No Entry Policy, physical distancing protocols, regular sanitation, alternative payment methods, safe client-personnel interaction, screening measures such as thermal scanning and  checking of symptoms, contact tracing procedures, and proper ventilation and exhaust system.

Signages stating the policies on wearing of face masks, physical distancing, maximum number of allowed persons inside the establishment, and enforcement measures for clients who refuse to comply with the protocols must be placed at the entrance and other strategic areas inside the establishments. A foot bath and a hand washing facility or 70% alcohol-based sanitizer must be also available for the use of both clients and workers at the entrance.

Before entry at the establishment, workers, clients, and suppliers must undergo a temperature and symptom check and accomplish a health declaration form. Those with temperatures higher than 37.5 ° C, exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 or have been exposed to Covid-19 patients shall not be allowed entry. Unless absolutely necessary, companions will not be allowed to enter.

The personal effects of clients such as bags, jackets, and gadgets must be disinfected and placed inside secure and sanitary plastic bags. Face shields must be provided for clients who avail of shampoo services.

Workers must wear face masks, face shields, disposable hand gloves, and hair caps and must not wear any type of jewelry. They are required to wear closed shoes, and store their personal effects in plastic bags and be kept in places inaccessible to clients. They must also undergo a temperature check after their work shift.

Regular disinfection is a must. Workers must wash their hands frequently and sterilize all tools before and after each service. Single-use items such as cotton balls, popsicle sticks, and tissue must be disposed of properly. All furniture made of porous materials must be covered in plastic for easier disinfection and the rest rooms must be kept sanitary and free of trash at all times.

Chairs that are designated for occupancy must have a space of at least one meter on all sides. There must be visible markings on the floor and unusable chairs for the guidance of clients.

Failure to implement any of these shall merit an outright warning and endorsement to the health offices of their respective Local Government Unit .Establishments who have failed to completely comply will be temporarily closed until they are able to correct their deficiencies.  

END/ DJ Romero