Ramon Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says that they are looking into allowing beauty salons and barber shops to re-open under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and that they will be coming up with a universal protocol before June 15, 2020. “This is an attempt to allow workers to go back to work,” he explains. Once the system is approved, they can prepare and hopefully open by June 15.
Before they make this decision, however, they will be making inspections to see how these establishments can implement health protocols to ensure that their employees and customers are safe during operations. This will involve social distancing, face masks, and temperature checks, as well as volume management of customers, tools sterilization, and cashless payment methods. The protocol will then need to be approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Infectious Diseases (IAFT).
Lopez explains that demos will be held at barber shops and salons for when the GCQ is in place. He adds that they are also thinking about allowing restaurants to have dine-in services for a limited amount of customers.
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