By Chew Lip Song
AS barbers and hair salons nationwide resume operations from next Wednesday, those above 60 are required to make prior appointments for the services, and customers from other age groups cannot be in the premises during that time.
Defence minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakon said this was part of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the re-opening of barbers and hair salons nationwide from June 10.
This requirement was necessary because the elderly were considered to be in the high-risk group for Covid-19, he added.
“For children below 12 years of age, their parents are allowed to accompany them but they must wear protective gear like face masks and disposable apron,” he said during his daily media briefing on Covid-19.
Other requirements include the use of face masks and disposable aprons by staff in the outlets and the use of only one set of gloves for each customer. Chairs in these outlets must also be at least two metres apart.
Operators must also use disposable aprons for each customer and towels are not to be shared, he added.
Ismail Sabri added that the government decided to reopen the sector as it contributed RM13.5 billion to the country’s GDP per year and employs 74,500 workers involving 16,728 registered outlets.
He also announced that the government today has also agreed to allow the reopening of markets, including night markets and bazaria in the Federal Territory starting June 15.
The SOPs for the reopening of the markets have been agreed upon by the Health Ministry and local authorities nationwide can use it as a reference.
Among others, the SOPs stipulate that the opening hours for morning markets is between 6am to 11am, night markets (4pm-10pm) and bazaria (5pm-11pm).
Stalls must be between 1.5 metres and two metres apart and located in a fenced up area with single entry and exit points.
“Traders are only allowed to do take-away business only. They must wear personal protection equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks.
“Traders and visitors are also required to use the MySejahtera app,” he added.