PUTRAJAYA: Barbers, hairdressers and beauty services will be allowed to reopen from June 10, according to senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
In his daily press conference today, he said Putrajaya had agreed to this after the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry proposed the standard operating procedures (SOPs) today.
The services allowed from June 10 include basic haircuts, hair washes, shaving services, hair treatments, manicures, pedicures and facial treatments.
“High-risk individuals, particularly those aged 60 and above, must set up appointments and the service must be given without anyone else present.
“We also urge barbers and hairdressers to set a time (for appointments) for those who are senior citizens,” he said.
House-to-house barber services are also allowed to operate, Ismail said.
He said 74,000 people are involved in the hairdressing and beauty sector, adding that it contributes around RM13.5 billion to the economy annually.
Ismail also announced that morning markets, night markets (pasar malam) and bazaars across the country will be allowed to operate from June 15.
They will also be subject to strict SOPs, with stalls required to maintain a distance of 1.5m to 2m. They must be set up in an open but fenced area.
Markets will only have one entrance and exit, and body temperatures must be checked upon entry. Food traders will not be allowed to prepare tables as only takeaways are allowed.
Visitors and traders are also urged to download the MySejahtera app.
While the SOP was prepared by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), he said these guidelines will be used throughout the country, subject to minor adjustments according to local authorities.
The full SOP can be viewed on the DBKL or National Security Council website.
Ismail also said the government will soon announce a new policy on the mandatory quarantine requirement for Malaysians returning from abroad.
Asked about the reopening of tuition centres, he said the education ministry will soon make an announcement.
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