Salons open in first day of MGCQ in Iligan

THE REGION
By Divina M. Suson
June 2, 2020

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ILIGAN CITY ----- A modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) has been declared in Iligan City starting June 1.

Following the guidelines of the national Inter-Agency Task Force of the Emerging Infectious Disease, Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia issued on Sunday Executive Order number 57 citing guidelines to follow within the city.

The provisions include opening of salons provided owners abide with health protocols.

As early as 8:00AM, a salon at Quezon Avenue was already open.

Minutes after the doors rolled up, customers started coming in.

"Mga sobra sa ten na to ganina gusto mosulod. Kasagaran magpaputol og buhok, ang uban magpa manicure-pedicure," Anna Kundiman, cashier of Hair Goals Salon said.

(More than ten costumers were here when we opened at 8am. Some of them want their hair cut, some want manicure-pedicure services.)

But the salon is not yet ready to serve them all since the staff were still cleaning and disinfecting the area and their equipment inside.

They were still preparing a footbath and disinfection area to comply with health guidelines.

"Abog pa kaayo. Duha ka bulan man gud mi closed sugod March 17, karon pa gyud mi nakabalik," Jay-ar Tamparong, one of the staff, said.

To observe the social distancing guideline, Hair Goals will accept only ten clients at a time instead of 20 which is their normal capacity.

Of the nine staff, the management decided to allow five, including the cashier to report everyday.

"Magpuli-puli lang kada adlaw ang upat ka staff para duna nay income tanan," said Kundiman, who sold desserts online during the closure of the establishment.

"We were able to receive the P5,000 cash assistance from DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment). Part of it was used as capital for my online business during the community quarantine," Kundiman shared.

"I used my DOLE cash assistance in making aquariums and sold them online during the community quarantine. It was my way of earning while waiting for the reopening of the salon," Tamparong said.

A nearby salon however has been prepared even before the lifting of the 'stricter' MGCQ.

Tess Andos, owner of Stylist's Salon, said her workers have been working since last month to repaint and re-arrange the interior  of the salon because she wanted a new look to her business after the community quarantine.

"Dugay-dugay gyud nahuman kay dili tanang trabahante makagawas kada adlaw kay naka-schedule man ang ilang home quarantine pass," Andos said.

(It took sometime for us to finish because not all workers could go out everyday since their home quarantine pass are scheduled.)

To comply with DOH health protocols, Andos has provided her staff a complete set of personal protective gear sewn by a local dressmaker: overall suit, head cover, faceshield, facemask and gloves.

This is aside from putting in a footbath and offering the costumers alcohol for disinfecting.

"Aside from making sure of the safety of our costumers, we are also making sure our staff are safe. I am not allowing them to use cloth mask, I prepared boxes of surgical facemasks for their use," Andos said.

Despite the social distancing, the management is allowing 10 staff to report daily since the pedicure-manicure services has been separated from their hair services.

"We have massage area upstairs. Since massage services are not yet allowed to open, we converted the area into a nail department," Andos said.

Stylist's salon's first customer Liezel Seares had her nails cleaned. She arrived an hour after the salon opened.

"This is far better than I expected. I only expected a footbath and sanitizer. Seeing the staff who handles me in a complete PPE makes me comfortable," Seares said.


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