KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 – Popular drugstore chain Caring Pharmacy has temporarily suspended the sale of items such as hair dyes and hair gels during the total lockdown phase of the movement control order, in order to comply with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by the government as precautionary measures related to Covid-19.
Malaysian courier was initially informed today by customers that Caring Pharmacy outlets are temporarily not selling hair dye.
Malaysian courier then made a request to Caring Pharmacy, the company then confirming that a list of items is currently not being sold.
“Referring to the latest SOP on the list of essential services allowed to operate: pharmacies are allowed to open but RESTRICTED to food, beverage and essentials sections only,” said the spokesperson for Caring Pharmacy . Malaysian courier.
The spokesperson referred to the The latest National Security Council SOP dated June 2, citing point 2 of Section D entitled Distributive Trade under the list of essential services by sector that are still allowed to operate during the full lockdown from June 1 to June 14.
The Caring Pharmacy spokesperson explained, “Therefore, we have decided to close the non-essential sections. Currently, we have identified the following as non-essentials in the store: Hair Color, Sun Care, Face Mask, Hair Gel. “
When asked if the list of items deemed non-essential was based on Caring Pharmacy’s own proactive action to comply with SOPs or if it was information from authorities, the spokesperson replied : “The non-core categories we track date back to MCO 1.0 and also mentioned by a recent fulfillment check in one of our stores. “
Caring Pharmacy said its outlets began posting notices to close sections selling these items as of June 3.
A visit from Malaysian courierThe Caring Pharmacy photographer in Kuala Lumpur has shown that the section or shelves displaying the same products are temporarily closed to customers, with notices advising customers of the temporary suspension of sales of those products. It is understood that notices at this point of sale were placed as of June 1 and that similar notices were also placed at this point of sale during MCO 1.0.
On those shelves, posters bearing the Caring Pharmacy logo carry the message “Non-essential Section Closed” and an image with a stop sign above the words “Covid-19”.
Also on the notices was the list of items falling under the “non-essential section”, namely: “Hair colors, sun care, face masks, hair gel for men”.
Malaysian courier this afternoon also visited the Guardian and Watsons pharmacy chain outlets along Jalan Sultan in Kuala Lumpur and found hair dye, hair gel, sun care, face masks available at the purchase for customers as usual, with no sections or shelves closed to customers.
Malaysian courier had also made phone calls to another branch of Guardian and another branch of Watsons, both in two shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, who had confirmed that hair dyes, face masks and sunscreen were still available at the store. ‘purchase.
Likewise, point-of-sale checks of Big Pharmacy and AA Pharmacy drugstore chains along Jalan Sultan also found that customers could purchase hair dyes, face masks and sunscreen products, again without sections or shelves. closed to customers.
The latest edition of the NSC SOP dated June 2 revealed that it lists essential services by sector authorized to operate from June 1 to 14.
In the distribution trade sector, the SOP stipulates that shopping centers must be closed with the exception of supermarkets, hypermarkets, department stores with food and beverage sections, stores of essential products, pharmacies, self-care , convenience stores, mini markets and restaurants to take away and home delivery.
The SOP also authorizes the opening of supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies, personal care stores, mini markets, mini markets and department stores “limited to the food, drink and essentials departments”, but does not specify what may or may not. do not fall under the “basic needs” category.
For online shopping, SOPs had listed ‘e-commerce (all product categories)’ as an essential service allowed to operate throughout the total lockdown, suggesting that there is no limit to type of items that can be purchased online.
Other essential distributive trade sector services licensed to operate from June 1 to 14 include restaurants, laundries, including self-service types, optical stores, hardware stores, vehicle shops and services maintenance and parts of vehicles, pet food stores and wholesale and distribution of all categories of essential products only.
SOPs aim to limit or reduce the movement of individuals, to help curb the spread of Covid-19 cases in the country.
The same June 2 SOPs showed the “negative list” or list of unauthorized economic sector activities during the total lockdown, including spa, reflexology and massage centers, hair salons, beauty salons and pedicure and manicure services, internet cafes, photography activities, lotteries, casinos, factories and stores for “minuman keras”Or alcohol, and driving institutes.
Separately, authorities cleared the air yesterday on apparent confusion over whether alcohol can still be sold during the total lockdown, following the temporary closure of alcohol factories during the lockdown period.
Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said the sale of alcoholic beverages could still be sold in convenience stores or supermarkets, but said specialty stores that only sell alcohol would not be allowed to operate. during full lockout.
Deputy Minister of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Rosol Wahid said yesterday that premises selling essentials such as supermarkets, mini markets, mini markets and premises licensed to sell alcohol are allowed to continue selling alcoholic beverages subject to existing rules such as age limit and religion. of customers, noting that the NSC’s SOP prohibited stores selling only alcohol from operating during the lockdown.
Rosol had also said that the same would apply to cigarettes sold at premises listed as providing essential services by the NSC SOP, indicating that such sales would be permitted under the rules for the sale of cigarettes.