DTI releases to-do list for barbershops, salons

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said barbershops and salons should comply first with guidelines on minimum health protocol before they can open on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

These establishments can operate at a maximum of 30 percent capacity during the GCQ and will be further allowed to operate at a 50 percent maximum capacity during modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

In Cebu City, which is under GCQ, Salon de Rose and TUF Barbershop prepare to open some branches.

The DTI released a list of guidelines that should be followed inside these establishments:

* masks must be worn at all times;

* social distancing must be observed;

* 10-minute interval for sanitation in between clients must be conducted;

* alternative methods of payment (if applicable) and of scheduling appointments must be available (e.g. online, text messaging);

* clients cannot bring companions unless absolutely necessary;

* floor mat or foot bath with disinfectant required at entrance;

* temperatures of clients must be checked before entering;

* establishment must provide alcohol to spray on client’s hands;

* clients must fill up health checklist;

* personal effects of clients, including bags, jackets and gadgets, must be disinfected and deposited in secured sanitary plastic bags;

* face shield must be distributed to clients during shampoo procedure;

* equipment in the workplace should be at least one meter apart on all sides;

* floor markings for guidance of clients must be visible;

* proper ventilation and personal effects of personnel should be placed in plastic bags stored in an area inaccessible to clients;

* masks should also be readily available for sale, or otherwise, to clients;

* sanitizing equipment and tools that are visible to clients should also be present; and

* workstations must be sterilized before and after each service.

Protocols for employees in the workplace include:

* no personnel with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) symptoms or have been exposed to Covid-19 patients shall be allowed to work;

* wearing of pieces of jewelry (e.g., rings, bracelets, watches, earrings, exposed body piercings) is not allowed;

* proper personal hygiene (e.g., clipped fingernails, observance of company-imposed personal sanitation) must be observed; and

* wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, face shields, eyeglasses, gloves, hair caps, among others, is mandatory;

Upon exit there should be no physical contact during payment. Personnel are provided with small trays for accepting cash. They must ensure that clients who prefer to use an alternative mode of payment are able to do so.

There should also be regular sanitation of high-contact areas and surfaces (e.g., pens used for filling out forms, door handles, common tables). (JOB)