Picture for representational purpose only. PIX: HAZROL ZAINA / MalaysiaGazette / 05 APRIL 2019. barbershops barbershop hair salons hairdressers CMCO Ismail Sabri
Picture for representational purpose only. PIX: HAZROL ZAINA / MalaysiaGazette / 05 APRIL 2019.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The government will not allow the barbershops and hair salons to operate yet, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said, inviting barbers or hairdressers to residences for a haircut is a violation of the under the Movement Control Order (CMCO) Act.

“It is not allowed at all. The standard operating procedure (SOP) for barbershops is still being prepared.

“I believe that the National Security Council (NSC) is preparing its SOP along with the Ministry of Health (MOH) but it has yet to be presented to the Ministers’ Meeting.

“The date of operation will depend on the SOP approved by MOH and NSC. At this moment, barbershops is still listed under the forbidden list, including at home,” he said in a news conference.

Meanwhile, he also warned food premises and restaurants to comply with the SOP by operating until 10.00 pm only.

He said, no leniency will be given by the government to any food premises or restaurants even if they are popular.

“On the SOP, there is no special treatment, including for the mamak (Indian Muslim food). Rules remain rules and everyone needs to obey them.

“The government’s decision is clear. All restaurants and food premises must comply with the SOP and cease operation at 10.00 pm. That is clear.

“Besides that, they must also comply with other regulations such as social distancing, taking the temperature of their customers, writing down their phone numbers and full name,” he said.

According to Ismail, he will propose to the Cabinet Meeting tomorrow for the local authorities and police to take stern actions on premises which violate the order. –MalaysiaGazette

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