Hair salons, barbershops to reopen for haircuts only

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, July 13: Hair salons and barbershops are only allowed to give haircuts when they reopen from tomorrow (July 14) onwards as Sarawak enters Phase 2 of National Recovery Plan (NRP).

As per the updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Phase 2 issued today, the operation hours for economic and industrial sectors have been revised to 6am to 10pm.

The workforce capacity have been increased to 50 per cent but sectors, companies and industries with workers who have completed two vaccination doses are allowed to apply to resume full operation.

The majority of retail businesses offering essentials will continue with their normal operations as throughout the various phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO) previously including variety stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, departmental stores as well as various markets including wholesale markets, weekend markets and night markets.

However under Phase 2, shopping malls are only allowed to open sections of their premises providing essential goods.

Restaurants, eateries, food courts, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, mobile hawkers, hawker centres and food kiosks are allowed to resume operation subjected to SOPs to be released by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH).

Earlier today, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had announced that dine-ins at eateries will be temporarily put on hold until MLGH issues new SOPs. This came after 16 more Delta variant cases were detected in Kuching.

Other businesses listed as essential services in the economic sector allowed to operate include car wash operations, fashion apparel and footwear stores, DIY laundries, mobile service shops including for retail, repair and bill payment, sports equipment and healthcare stores, optical stores as well as pet stores.

Furniture stores, hardware stores as well as household, kitchenware and home appliances stores are also given the green light to roll up their shutters.

Other services permitted to resume operation include stores providing healthcare equipment, safety equipment, electronic, electrical and ICT, cleaning, grass cutting, pest control, agriculture products including nurseries, fishing equipment, automotive accessories including sales, maintenance and repair as well as packaging and printing. — DayakDaily