By Raymund Antonio
Having a haircut may not be in fashion during the national health emergency because of the closure of barbershops and hair salons due to enhanced community quarantine restrictions.
Sixteen (16) hairdressers sent by the of Vice President Leni Robredo’s office came in to render their services for health workers and frontliners who are staying temporarily in dormitories.
Forty-five frontliners, mostly medical personnel, on Sunday availed of the free service, a comforting source of self-care as they soldier on in treating COVID-19 patients.
”Ayon sa ating dorm guests na nag-avail ng nasabing serbisyo, malaking tulong ito, lalo na’t mahalaga sa kanila ang pag-obserba ng proper hygiene dahil humaharap sila sa mga pasyente,” Robredo said in a Facebook post.
(According to our dorm guests who availed themselves of the service, it is a great help. Especially important to them is the observance of proper hygiene because they are facing patients.)
Robredo announced plans of bringing the service to its nine other dormitories in Metro Manila.
Under the initiative, the haircuts are free of charge and were piloted in three dormitories near various hospitals in Manila and Quezon City.
All hairdressers were provided with protective gear while dorm guests wore face masks during the haircut for their safety.
Other strict health protocols were also observed such as physical distancing, hand-washing, and disinfection of scissors and other equipment.
The vice president thanked Angat Buhay partners and the hairdressers for showing their love and support to frontliners.
Metro Manila’s salons and barbershops have been closed for more than month since the enhanced community quarantine was put in place to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.