Mani-pedi soon? Gov't says to allow more services of barbershops, salons in GCQ areas

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 02:08 PM

MANILA -- Barbershops and salons in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas will no longer be limited to haircutting, Malacañang said Friday as the government moves to allow more services of such businesses.

Salons and barbershops just have to wait for the guidelines of the Department of Trade and Industry before it could conduct other personal care services such as manicures and pedicures, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Maglalabas pa po muna ang DTI ng guidelines para sa unti-unting pagbalik ng mga serbisyo na binibigay ng mga ganitong establisyimento na pinapayagan ng minimum public health standards," Roque said in a virtual press briefing.

(The DTI will release guidelines on these services allowed with minimum public health standards.)

Barbershops and salons were initially allowed to reopen at a limited capacity last month just as the government began largely easing lockdowns across the country.

In GCQ areas, barbershops and salons can only operate at 30 percent capacity while in modified GCQ areas, these businesses can run at 50 percent.

"So iyong mga pedicure/manicure, antayin muna po ang guidelines bagama’t in principle papayagan po iyan, antayin lang natin ang guidelines ng DTI," he added.

(For pedicure/manicure, please wait for the guidelines of the DTI but that is already allowed in principle.)

Parts of the Philippines that are under GCQ until July 15 are Metro Manila, the provinces of Benguet, Cavite, Rizal, Leyte and Southern Leyte, and the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Ormoc.