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Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Hair salons, barbershops, spas to reopen from June 8

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As Government continues to lift COVID-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that hairdressers, barbers and domestic workers will resume work on June 8.

Dr Rowley made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday.

"We are now looking at Phase 4 on June 8. That means the full public service should be out and operating, but continue to do so on the rotational basis. It means that your hairdressers, your barbers and your spas will be open to you from June 8."

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram explained that these establishments were not allowed to reopen sooner because of the close contact involved between workers and customers.

"Most procedures will take more than 10 minutes and you will have face to face contact in those instances. A lot of times when you are doing work on someone's face or hair, the person that is being worked on cannot wear any masks, so you have that vulnerability as well. There's actual physical touching that occurs in a lot of the scenarios. With spas in particular, they are in closed settings which can be a highly contagious setting," he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister announced that Phase 5 is expected to commence from June 22.

This phase will include the reopening of places of worship, beaches and rivers.

"As of now, we can take a decision to bring that up to June 22. That's almost two weeks earlier than we had planned. If the record remains as clean as it is up to the week before that, we might even come forward a little earlier...Outside of the school system that will bring us to open up the rest of the economy...By the third week of June, we should get back to loud praises in our cathedrals and elsewhere."

Dr Rowley indicated that he has also asked the CMO and his medical team to reach out to associations representing casinos, cinemas and bars to submit proposals for workplace safety.

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