Barbersand hairdressers are encouraged to undergo Covid-19 screening tests on a voluntary basis before reopening this Wednesday to give people greater assurance that services will be available from them.
TN Winda Mohd Tahir, president of the Malaysian Bumiputera Barbers Association (MBBA), said this will be in addition to other steps under the current standard operating procedure on Covid-19, such as social distancing and the usage of facemasks and hand sanitizers. This (Covid-19 screening) will be more helpful for the public but, despite the high expense (of the test), the association hopes that certain parties would be able to support such businessmen to be accredited as safe.
Many barbers and hairdressers are now making appointments with customers using different apps such as WhatsApp to prevent crowding at their premises, according to TN Winda.
He added that barber and salon industry groups were still requesting government special aid, since they were financially affected since being banned to work for almost three months after the first implementation of the movement control order (MCO).
Meanwhile, Michael Poh, president of the Malaysian Hairdressing Association (MHA), clarified that the company did not present a high danger to clients, and was, in general, healthier than other industries if full enforcement with the SOP had been achieved.
The seven organizations are the MHA; Bumiputera Hairdressing Association (Buha); MBBA; Hairdressing Skills Growth Association (HSDA); Malaysian Indian Hairstylist Empowerment Association (Mihass); Malaysian Indian Hair Styling Salon Owners Association (Mindas); and the Indian Hairstylists Association of the Selangor and Federal Territories (PJRISWP).
Meanwhile, the owner of the ‘Substract Barbershop’ in Taiping, Perak, Syadzwan Rosli, 34, said he was happy to be permitted to work again and had no trouble complying with the government’s SOP, as well as being prepared to undertake the Covid-19 screening test if appropriate.