MANILA - As salons and barber shops are set to reopen on June 7, Sunday, the local government of Valenzuela reiterated guidelines set by the state's COVID-19 task force, months after such establishments shut its doors amid a 2-month coronavirus lockdown in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas.
In an infographic, the Valenzuela LGU reiterated the following measures, which are aligned with the coronavirus task force's omnibus guidelines for the reopening of salons and parlors under the general community quarantine across the country:
- Operations of salons are limited at 30 percent capacity. Skeleton workforce and alternative work arrangements must also be observed, if possible. Salons should limit their services to hair cuts.
- Customers and staff are also required to wear face masks and observe physical distancing. Establishments should also have an enforcer who will reiterate physical distancing guidelines to customers.
- Thermal checks, foot baths, health checklists, and logbooks are required. Establishments are also obligated to place safety precaution signs.
- If possible, establishments shall install protective barriers around cashiers and use a "booking" system for appointments.
- Employers should also provide for safety kits and safety officers for their employees, and ensure that employees declare their health conditions before allowing them to work.
- Employees are urged to wash hands properly and observe physical distancing protocols. They are also required to disinfect regularly and wear personal protective equipment.
In Valenzuela, salons that will reopen are required to submit a workplace management plan to the city government 5 days before resuming operations.
In areas under modified GCQ, salons are allowed to operate at a 50 percent capacity.
Salons and barbershops in GCQ areas will be allowed to increase operations to 50 percent after two weeks from resumption, and those in MGCQ areas to 100 percent after three weeks, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said last week.