February 2, 2023

In an effort to continue the momentum in the gradual reopening of the economy, the Department of Trade and Industry released Memorandum Circular 20-38 on July 5 that allows an increase in the operational capacity of barbershops and salons.
MC 20-38 will increase the operational capacity of barbershops and salons in areas under general community quarantine from 30 to 50 percent starting July 16. DTI also allowed for an increase in the operational capacity of such establishments in areas under the modified GCQ from 50 to 75 percent by July 16.  
The MC also expanded the services on all haircutting and hair treatment services under GCQ, subject to strict protocol on hand sanitation, face mask and face shields, gloves, and sterilized equipment. For areas under modified enhanced CQ, all services will be allowed.
“We decided to allow more services to open under GCQ so that workers can earn more in daily income as they do higher value service compared to only basic haircuts. There are 400,000 workers in the barbershop and salon industry and with this MC, we wish to help alleviate their financial burden,” DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez said.
He also reported that DTI will soon be releasing an MC to increase the operational capacity of dine-in establishments, following the high compliance rate of businesses. – Press release