Face shields, disposable gowns compulsory for beauty, hair salons

A sample floor plan for a salon in compliance with the SOP.

KUCHING, June 16: The use of face shields and disposable gowns are among requirements in the standard operating procedure (SOP) to be observed by beauticians and nail technicians as salons reopen for business starting tomorrow (June 17).

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) disclosed in a statement today that the latest SOP for hair, beauty and nail salons have been released and will take effect from June 17.

The SOP can be downloaded from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Sarawak website at http://mlgh.sarawak.gov.my.

The permitted activities include facial treatments, pedicures and manicures, as well as eyelash extensions.

Besides personal protective gear, salons’ floor plan as well as employers and customers are required to comply with social distancing rules of at least one metre apart.

The use of equipment to take temperatures, use of hand sanitisers and recording attendance of employees and customers via CovidTrace or MySejahtera apps or manually written records are among basic facilities which must be provided on site. Each session is limited to one hour and businesses are advised to take appointments instead of walk-in customers.

Other requirements in the SOP include disinfecting tools, instruments and other necessities before and after activities, using hand gloves, no sharing of towels, washing hands thoroughly with soap or using hand sanitiser after each service, and discarding single-use items like aprons, gowns, and gloves properly in rubbish bins with lids.

Customers are also required to wear disposable aprons or cloth when being served.

Following the commencement of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period on June 10, all activities permitted in Sarawak will be allowed to resume starting tomorrow (June 17).

While hair salons have been allowed to operate since June 9, the remainder of similar business activities including beauty and nail salons as well as sports, recreational and religious activities are to only resume tomorrow.

The activities permitted under RMCO in Sarawak are inter-district travel, day and night markets, domestic tourism, Hari Raya Haji and Korban celebrations, phased reopening of schools, laundromat services, pond fishing, bicycling and convoys, non-contact sports such as bowling and badminton, business hours returning to normal according to the respective SOPs, as well as meetings and workshops.

Activities not allowed to resume yet include pubs and night clubs, entertainment outlets, reflexology centres, karaoke, theme parks, mass religious parades, ‘kenduri-kendara’, open houses, contact sports including swimming, rugby, football, hockey and others, overseas travel, trans-border travel and activities that involve large gatherings. — DayakDaily