Gov't eyes 'accreditation' for possible reopening of salons, barbershops

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2020 03:06 PM | Updated as of May 29 2020 03:23 PM

A salon in Metro Manila shows its COVID-19 precautionary measures. Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA (UPDATE) - The government is eyeing an "accreditation" system for barbershops and salons so that these could reopen in general community quarantine areas, Malacañang said Friday.

Salons and barbershops that have COVID-19 precautionary measures in place may soon be allowed to operate in GCQ areas, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Minimum health standards should be [observed]," Roque told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

Roque added that accreditation would be handled by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Health.

Salons and barbershops are prohibited from operating in GCQ areas under the prevailing community quarantine guidelines of the government's inter-agency task force on COVID-19 (IATF).

The said businesses may operate in modified GCQ areas but only at 50 percent capacity.

Roque said the IATF is set to meet with stakeholders to discuss the possible reopening of the industry as the Philippines transitions to more relaxed community quarantines.