Senior Minister (security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said barbershops, hair salons and beauty parlours would be allowed to open for business from June 10.
Ismail Sabri said many people had been waiting for barbershops and hair salons to reopen despite conflicting views from the public.
He said the industry involved a workforce of 74,500 at 16,728 registered outlets, and contributed RM13.5bil a year to the country’s GDP.
He also said the authorities had agreed on Saturday to allow beauty parlours and hair salons to resume operations as long as they adhered to the stringent standard operating procedures (SOP) compiled for them.
“We allow basic haircut, hair wash, trimming and shaving of beards and moustaches, hair treatment, manicure, pedicure, facial wash and treatment,” he said.
Barbers, hair stylists and beauticians must wear mask, face shield and gloves.
“And they must change gloves before attending to the next customer,” he said, adding that sharing of towels was strictly forbidden.
Customers are required to wear aprons.
“Perhaps customers can bring home the apron so that they do not have to get a new one when they go for another haircut,” he said at a press conference.
He said customers above the age of 60 should make an appointment prior to their visit to avoid contact with too many people.
“Perhaps the hair salons could fix a specific time for elderly customers,” said Ismail Sabri.
“Children under the age of 12 are also allowed to have their haircut at barbershops, and they must also wear face mask and disposable apron,” he said.
But, he said, it would be safer to get the barber to cut their hair at the customers’ homes.
Ismail Sabri also announced that open markets, morning markets, night markets and bazaars could reopen from June 15.
However, operators, traders and customers must follow stringent SOP to prevent Covid-19 transmission
The SOP prepared by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for open markets and morning markets (6am to 11am), night markets (4pm to 10pm), and bazaars (5pm to 11pm) would be applied nationwide.
Traders and customers must download the MySejahtera mobile application to facilitate tracing if exposed to the Covid-19 infection.
The markets should be in an open area, movement should be one-way and barricades should be placed, Ismail Sabri said.
“We have empowered DBKL to order businesses closed if they do not follow the conditions imposed. We must be strict,” he said.
On a proposal to expand the congregation at mosques, Ismail Sabri said it had been agreed in principle to allow more people to pray, but this would depend on the size of the mosques because social distancing of 1m apart must be strictly observed.
However, the final announcement would be made after getting the consent of the Sultans in the respective states.
For states without Sultans, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s consent would be sought, he said.
On whether tuition centres would be allowed to resume operations, Ismail Sabri said the Education Ministry would announce the decision soon.
Earlier, he expressed concerns that migrants continued to sneak into the country illegally.
As announced by the Health Ministry, the present bulk of Covid-19 positive cases were recorded at immigration detention centres, he said.
He also said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would update the people on Sunday on whether the authorities would ease the movement control order.
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