MANILA - New health protocols are needed before salons and barber shops will be allowed to re-open in areas under general community quarantine, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Monday.
Policies to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene should be in place before salons and barber shops are allowed to operate to lessen the chance of COVID-19 infection, Lopez told DZMM radio.
Entrepreneurs also need to ensure there won't be sharing of equipment, he said.
"Sa totoo lang, malaking debate pa ho iyon. Ang problema doon, social distancing at pag-gamit ng mga equipment," Lopez said.
(That's a big debate. The problem there is social distancing and the use of equipment.)
"Pinaguusapan pa 'yan, what would be the new health protocol
under GCQ. There’s a good chance na mabuksan na 'yan pero dapat may protocol," he added.
(That is still being discussed, what would be the new health protocol under GCQ. There's a good chance that they will be opened but there's a need for a protocol.)
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier extended the lockdown in Metro Manila and other areas considered high-risk for COVID-19. All other areas were placed under GCQ, which allows partial reopening of malls and other establishments offering essential services.