Barbers have begun disinfecting their shops for the moment Malaysia shifts from the conditional movement control order (MCO) to the recovery MCO with more relaxed conditions.
Malaysian Indian Hair Dressing Saloon Owners Association (Mindas) president Dr. Magendran Vellasamy said members were glad that the government had decided it was time to allow barbershops and hair salons to be reopened for business.
“Our customers are delighted with the news, as we have been closed for 85 days. Locals in various parts of the country have called their barbers to make an appointment and some are counting the hours to get a decent haircut,” he said.
As of Monday, most barbershops in the country began to disinfect and clean up their shops.
Mindas is the country’s oldest association, representing Indian hairstylists and barbers. Founded over 50 years ago, it has some 800 members nationwide. Magendran said all members were allowed to increase prices between RM2 and RM3 only.
“We are strict about the charges, as the majority of our customers are from the B40 group,” he added.
On Sunday (June 7), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said barbershops, hair salons, and beauty parlors are allowed to open for business from this Wednesday (June 10), as long as they adhered to the stringent standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Kedai Gunting Rambut Asia, Klang barber K. Balamurugan, 38, said he had disinfected his outlet at Jalan Raya Barat and has prepared his shop for customers to get a haircut.
“I used to have three barber chairs but now, it is only one chair. One person is allowed in for a haircut and three others are required to sit outside on chairs at the five-foot-way, ” he said.
Balamurugan added that he would wear a face shield and surgical gloves while cutting hair.
“Appointments would be required from 8.30 am to 8 pm, as I would discourage walk-ins,” he said.
News Credit: TheStar
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