Jul 7, 2020

Only a few of us can confidently say they have maintained their personal grooming standards since the quarantine starting in March. After all, salons and barbershops were two of the service providers that closed down early on.

It was not until June when they reopened but only for haircutting and only to a limited number of customers.

That will change soon in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) areas, as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released a new memorandum circular today expanding the services that can now be offered by salons and barbershops.

READ | Memorandum Circular 20-38 or the "Updated Guidelines on Barbershops and Salons"On 07 July 2020, the Department…

Posted by DTI Philippines on Monday, July 6, 2020


What other services are now allowed?

Memorandum Circular 20-38 or the Updated Guidelines for Barbershops and Salons now allows for these services other than hair cutting and hair treatment, subject to strict protocol on hand sanitation, face mask and face shields, gloves and sterilized equipment:

  • Nail care
  • Basic facial care e.g. make-up, eyebrow threading, eyelash extension and facial massage
  • Waxing
  • Threading
  • Shaving
  • Foot and hand spa

By next week July 16, operating capacities in said establishments will also increase from 30 percent in GCQ areas and 50 percent in MGCQ areas to 50 percent and 75 percent, respectively.

This should not, however, entice us to frequent these spaces or any public spaces for that matter as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country continues to increase—47,873 as of this writing.

[READ: No more ‘fresh’ or ‘late’ cases: This is how DOH will report COVID-19 cases by this week]

A barbershop installs plastic barrier in Timog Avenue in Quezon City as preventive measure from the spread of coronavirus disease. Photo courtesy of Niño Jesus Orbeta/Inquirer

Plus, salon and barbershop operators are still required by this memorandum to observe certain health and safety precautions like:

  • Strict implementation of a “No Face Mask, No Entry” policy 
  • Installation of rubbing alcohols for patrons and staff’s easy access upon entry
  • Registration with SafePass or staysafe.ph or administration of a health declaration checklist for the purposes of contact tracing
  • Conduct of thermal scanning (employees and customers with a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be allowed entry, likewise with individuals exhibiting symptoms)
  • Observance of physical distancing through spacing service chairs at least one meter on all sides
  • Maintenance of  proper ventilation and exhaust system
  • Regular sanitation of restroom
  • Sterilization of equipment or tools and workstation before and after each service 
  • Limiting companions allowed, unless absolutely necessary 

Posted by Davids SALON SM City CLARK on Saturday, June 6, 2020

These precautions should be implicitly posted and readable by customers and employees at all times.

Other safety precautions to be observed by operators include barring employees from wearing jewelry and requiring them to frequently wash their hands as well as to put up spaces designated for the disinfection and safekeeping of customer’s personal belongings.

Salon and barbershop operators are required to sterilize their equipment or tools and workstation before and after each service.

Establishments caught not abiding by these rules shall be reported by the local government unit and subject to post-audit measures, which can lead to temporary closure.


Header photo courtesy of Grig Montegrande/Inquirer

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