KUALA LUMPUR — June 6, 2020: Barbers and hair salons can reopen from this Wednesday, after being ordered close with several sectors of the economy from March 18 under the movement control order.
This decision was made considering the sector’s RM13.5 billion annual contribution to the national economy. Malaysia has 16,728 registered hair care and beauty businesses employing about 74,500 people.
The services allowed to be offered include basic haircut, hair wash, shaving, make-up and hair treatment, manicure and pedicure as well as facial treatment.
People aged 60 years and above however have to first make a prior appointment because they are deemed to be in the high-risk Covid-19 category and should be allowed in during off-peak hours and when there are only a few customers.
Parents are to accompany children under 12 but must use face masks and disposable aprons.
The businesses concerned are to use face shields, disposable aprons, a set of gloves per customer and ensure that customers are placed at least two metres apart.
In making the annoucement today, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said markets can also resume operations from June 15. They include open market, morning market, night markets and bazaars.
The morning markets can operate from 6 to 11am, night markets from 4pm to 10pm and bazaars from 5pm to 11pm.
The stalls must be between 1.5 and 2 metres apart, while the area must be fenced up and allow only one-way traffic.
Traders must wear protective equipment, gloves and face masks or risk having their businesses closed.
Traders and customers must also use the MySejahtera app to facilitate contract tracing in the event of possible exposure to the virus.