PUTRAJAYA JUNE 6: The Malaysians much awaited services namely hair, beauty salons and barber shops are allowed to resume operations with strict standard operating procedure (SOP) with effect June 10.
Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, these business sectors which had been discussed for its pro and cons for quite sometimes, finally were allowed by the government at the special ministers’ meeting held here today.
However, senior citizens aged 60 and above will only be allowed to have the services at a specific time with prior appointments to avoid mixing with other customers. They are high risked people and vulnerable to COVID-19 infections.
“Children below 12 years old will have to put on the personal protective equipment (PPE), face shield and apron.
“The salon operators will have to put on PPE with disposable gloves and aprons that should only be used for a customer,” Ismail said in his daily press conference today.
On the question of hair cutter going to houses to service customers, Ismail said, it is allowed and the SOP is the same.
However, to have customers’ hair cut in their houses are safer as there will be no outsider with them.
According to Ismail the barber shops involved 74,500 workers. This sector including the beauty and hair salons have generated the gross domestic product (GDP) amounting RM13.5 billion per year.
Ismail also announced the resuming of the open market, morning, night market and bazaar starting from June 15 with strict SOP.
He said, all visitors to these outlets (markets) have to compulsorily download mysejahtera apps for easy detection of the personal data and other information relating to COVID-19.
“The permission has been allowed to all market operators in the Federal Territories including Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan but other states are also allowed depending on the suitability and the local government /authorities’ permission,” Ismail added.
On another development the government has also granted permission to the mosques in the Federal Territories including Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan to resume five time daily prayers and Friday prayers as long as the SOP such as social distancing of at least one metre from each other is adhered.
Meanwhile for other states, Ismail said, it depends on the states’ rulers as head of the religion and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for states without rulers to approve the SOP of the daily prayers in the mosque. –Malaysia World News