Haircutting, basic personal care services now permitted in MGCQ

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Luzon recently announced that all haircutting services and hair treatment services are finally allowed in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The DTI-Central Luzon issued Memorandum Circular 20-38, which was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force through its Resolution No. 51 series of 2020, updating the guidelines for the operations of barbershops and salons.

The said issuance was based on the monitoring of the compliance of barbershops and salons to mandatory health protocols since these establishments were allowed to operate on June 7, 2020.

Aside from haircutting and hair treatment services, other services that are allowed in MGCQ areas are nail services, basic facial care services such as make-up, eyebrow threading, eyelash extension and facial massage.

Other basic personal care services such as waxing, threading, shaving, foot spa and hand spa are also permitted to operate but subject to strict health protocols on hand sanitation, facial mask and face shields, gloves, and sterilized equipment.

DTI-Central Luzon, however, reminded business owners to continue implementing safety protocols such as the "no facemask, no entry" policy, provision of rubbing alcohol, and conduct of thermal scanning.

Administration of health checklist for contact-tracing purposes, social distancing markers on tables and chairs, proper exhaust and ventilation and regular sanitation of the establishment must also be conducted.

The DTI-Central Luzon office said that while no accreditation is necessary for the continuous operation of the aforementioned establishments, the agency together with the Department of Labor and Employment and local government unit will monitor the compliance of barbershops and salons throughout the region.


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