Massage parlors allowed to operate at 50% capacity

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HAVE you been wanting to have a full body massage after being at home for so long?

Worry no more as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) now allows massage parlors to operate at 50 percent capacity starting Nov. 1, 2020.

“Guidelines on the practice of proper respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette must always be implemented, and massage parlors are discouraged from allowing clients who fall under population groups whose movements are restricted as provided for in the Inter-Agency Task Force Omnibus Guidelines for community quarantine in the Philippines,” DTI’s Memorandum Circular 20-57 stated.

DTI also prescribed additional safety protocols like the provision of personal protective equipment and other medical-grade protective apparel to staff.

Home service arrangements are likewise subjected to the same cleanliness, preventive and disinfection protocols.

Staff must disinfect before and after each appointment. Clothes and linen towels must be laundered (or disposed of properly if not washable) after each use.

At the height of the pandemic, the government prohibited the operation of full body massage parlors as such wellness service poses risks of Covid-19 transmission.

Erik Monsanto, marketing and communications manager at Bluewater Resorts, told SunStar Cebu they will gradually bring back the resort’s massage services.

“We choose not to offer to ensure the safety of our guests. We will be offering it as soon as we define our protocols but gradually,” he said.

Monsanto said there will be no head massages as they try to avoid that area to ensure the safety of both guest and therapist.

Christine Estrella, marketing communications at Radisson Blu Cebu, on the other hand, said the hotel is resuming massage services at Spa Esc.

“The health and safety of our guests and employees is always top of mind. With that, our safety protocols include health checks and contact tracing before entry. Guests are required to wash up with a hot shower before they begin the treatment (our treatment rooms are equipped with private showers). Masks must be worn by the guest and masseuse at all times and our staff are also routinely swabbed every month,” she said.

Meanwhile, the DTI re-categorized more businesses and allowed 100 percent capacity of testing, tutorial and review centers in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and 75 percent capacity in areas under GCQ. Review centers are only for health-related professions.

Gym, fitness studios and other sports facilities are also allowed to operate at full capacity in areas under MGCQ but only for individual workouts. Group workout sessions composed of two or more persons like yoga, pilates and zumba are strictly prohibited. Outdoor and indoor settings are allowed. / JOB