Starting June 10, barbershops, hair salons and beauty parlours are allowed to offer services including haircuts, basic hair washing, shaving, make-up and hair treatment, manicure and pedicure as well as facials.
Malaysia Hair Salon Owners Association (Mahas) chairman AK Selvan said that after three months of getting no income, operators were raring to pick up their styling scissors and arrange their barber chairs two metres apart in line with the government’s standard operating procedures (SOP).
But he noted that the operating cost per customer would be increased by between RM5 and RM10 due to operators having to follow the stringent SOP to ensure the safety of clients and staff.
Operators would have to buy sanitisers, disinfectants and disposable gloves, capes and aprons in order to adhere to the SOP, said Selvan.
“We are ready to make sure our barbers wear a face shield and disposable aprons and gloves, which must be changed after every customer.
“We must also provide disposable capes for each customer and disinfect our tools and spray the chairs after each customer,” he said when contacted yesterday.
For example, a disposable cape cost RM1 each while a 500ml bottle of disinfectant was RM45 and would only be enough for 10 customers, said Selvan.
Seven hairdressing associations had agreed to the price increase as the operators all had to adhere to the new SOP, reported Berita Harian.
Selvan pointed out that customers above 60 years of age could only come to the salons on an appointment basis, so operators must allocate a special time for them.
“Our elderly customers prefer to come in the morning anyway, so we may allocate a few hours just for them in the morning before we open for other age groups,” he said.
Selangor and Federal Territories Indian Hair Dressing Salon Association president M. Ganathiban expressed his gratitude to the government for considering their plight and allowing them to reopen.
“We have been closed for three months so we are very happy to follow the SOP when we restart our business,” he said.
Ganathiban added that it would also be helpful if the government could look into providing a special allocation for barbers to help them get back on their feet.
“Most of our members had applied for micro loans but were unsuccessful.
“We have problems paying rent and supporting our families. Therefore, it would also be good if the government could look into giving a special allocation for barbers,” said Ganathiban.
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