PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has asked for more time to carry out risk assessment on the possibility of businesses offering personal care services such as facials, manicures and pedicures in movement control order states to resume operations.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had presented requests from "a long list of businesses" to be allowed to operate.
"Health authorities pointed out that these businesses are located in red zones and they need some time to look into the matter.
"These types of businesses involve physical contact and touching. If these businesses are allowed, then authorities would have to consider appeals by spa and massage operators," he said on Thursday (Feb 25)
Ismail Sabri said that the Health Ministry wanted to carry out a more comprehensive analysis and assessment before making any recommendations.
Penang, Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur are still in MCO until March 4.