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No More Bad Hair Days: DTI Relaxes Restrictions on Barbershops, Salons

No excuse for that unkempt look.
by John Paulo Aguilera
Jul 8, 2020
Photo/s: Dan Gold via Unsplash

You can now stop growing your hair out and looking unkempt in the time of pandemic.

As the Philippines gradually restarts the economy and reopens businesses, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released Memorandum Circular 20-38, or the "Updated Guidelines for Barbershops and Salons."

All haircutting and hair treatment services will be allowed in areas under General Community Quarantine, with barbershops and salons operating at 30 percent capacity until July 15.

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On the other hand, those covered by Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) will have a 50-percent operational capacity, as well as a more extensive list of services:

  • all haircutting and hair treatment services
  • nail care services
  • basic facial care services such as make-up, eyebrow threading, eyelash extension, and facial massage; and
  • other basic personal care services such as waxing, threading, shaving, foot spa, and hand spa

The limit in areas under MGCQ will only increase to 75 percent starting July 16, "provided that, venue capacity allows for physical distancing protocols."

Barbershops and salons must also observe strict protocols on hand sanitation; wearing face masks, face shields, and gloves; and using sterilized equipment.

As of writing, National Capital Region, Benguet, Cavite, Rizal, Lapu Lapu City, Mandaue City, Leyte, Ormoc, Southern Leyte, Talisay City (Cebu), Towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu province are under GCQ, while Cebu City remains in Enhanced Community Quarantine. The rest of the country is covered by MGCQ with strict local action or of low risk.

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Read the full circular by clicking here.

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