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DTI mulls opening of barbershops and salons

By MB Online

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is mulling the possibility of allowing barbershops and salons to operate in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

 Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (Bloomberg)

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (Bloomberg)

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez during the Laging Handa public briefing said that they are seriously considering this possibility to allow such establishments to finally open shop.

Aside from barbershops and salons, Lopez said that they are also considering the possibility of allowing restaurants and food establishments in areas under GCQ to have dine-in services but at 50 percent capacity only.

For areas like Metro Manila which is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) only takeout and delivery services are allowed.

Barbershops and salons are also still not allowed to operate as the services in these establishments require their staff to be in close proximity with their customers, which violates protocols on social distancing.

Lopez said that they are studying the dine-in services to ensure that enough safety measures are in place that would satisfy the standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on social distancing.

Experts aired their concern over the opening last May 16, as mall shoppers packed some of the establishments often violating the rules on social distancing.

Government is being careful not to cause a spike in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as areas formerly under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) transition to either MECQ or GCQ.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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