Salons, barbershops may be allowed under GCQ, but with 'strict health standards'


Posted at Apr 28 2020 03:00 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2020 03:15 PM

Salons, barbershops may be allowed under GCQ, but with 'strict health standards' 1
Akihiro Yoshida, the owner of hair salon Pinch, gives hair treatment to his customer Natsuki Suda, while both of them wear protective face masks in order to prevent infections following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

MANILA -- Salons, spas, barbershops, and other personal care industries may be allowed to operate in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday.

In a virtual press briefing, Roque said these establishments should adhere to "strict health standards" to be able to reopen.

But he was quick to add that this will still be discussed in a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Wednesday.

"Sa rekomendasyon ng DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) [they can operate] under very strict hygiene standards. Pero sa tingin ko isa ito sa issue na magiging sentro ng balitaktakan sa pagmi-meeting ng IATF bukas," he said. 

Aside from salons, spas, and barbershops, Roque said hardware stores, clothing and accessory shops, and other non-leisure establishments can also operate in areas covered by the GCQ. 

Cinemas, theaters, bars, fitness centers, festivals, and tournaments are still not allowed in "the new normal," as well as libraries, museums, and other cultural activities.

"Iinitan ang mga aircon para wala masyadong tumambay na tao [sa mall]. At merong compulsory temperature check, at saka paggamit ng alcohol habang nasa mall tayo," Roque said. 

Malacañang has revised the coverage of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 15. 

Areas not on ECQ will be under GCQ where "minimum health standards" should still be observed.

"Effective May 1, dahil sa GCQ we are partially open, so magkakaroon ng malaking pagbabago," Roque said. 

"Come May 15, 'yung mga ECQ ay magiging GCQ na rin," he added.