PUTRAJAYA, April 13: The government has decided not to allow barber shops, beauty salons and optical shops to commence business during the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has made such decision after considering the opinions of the public, experts and non-governmental organizations (NGO).
Defence Minister and Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government has taken opinions from all the parties concerned and as such there will be no issue on hair salons as I have told before that the government is studying on that matter and nothing will be approved automatically.
The hair salons issue has been strongly debated among netizens in the social media after Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali announced in a statement that hair salon is one of the selected business allowed to operate in the third phase of MCO that starts on April 15.
Following Azmin Ali’s statement, the Penang state government had made a stand not to follow the Federal Government’s permission for hair salons to operate during MCO as the business does not adhere to social distancing.
On the “Pasar Ramadhan” issue, Ismail said in a media conference here today, “the government has also decided to ban all kinds of “Pasar Ramadhan” during the enforcement of MCO until April 28.” – Malaysia World News