Men’s Barber Shop Protocols

Entering is limited to fully vaccinated individuals according to the health status in Tawakkalna application (Immune), except for the groups who are not obligated to take the vaccine as appears in Tawakkalna application.


Environment and prevention:

Instructions and Requirements Related to the Protection of Clients and Employee

  • Customers must book their appointment in advance, with observing social distancing of one and a half meters between them while in waiting areas.
  • Maintain a social distancing of one and a half meters between individuals and place the floor stickers in all facilities inside the shop.
  • Minimize face-to-face contact with clients as much as possible and prevent gatherings inside the shop.
  • Employees must wash their hands with soap and warm water for a period of no less than 40 seconds after each client or disinfect hands for a period of no less than 20 seconds with sanitizer in the absence of soap and water.
  • Allow serving children under seven years in children’s barbershops.
  • Employees should follow the instruction regarding when, what, and how to wear safety and personal protection equipment, and the proper way to dispose of them. The protective equipment includes the following:
    • The mask: Employee must wear a mask at all times. Clients must wear masks as much as possible while receiving services.
    • Gloves: Employees must wear gloves when serving clients, and they must be changed after each client.
    • Cutting Robe (cape): Each client should be wrapped in a clean single use robe that can be disposed after each client.
    • Cloth jacket (gown): Employees must wear a clean gown and disinfect it on a daily basis.
    • Plastic jacket: A single-use jacket should be used over the gown and disposed of after use.
    • Neck Tape: Barbers should use protective single-use neck bands for each client when cutting hair.
  • Equipment used by each client (such as gloves, cape, etc.) must be disposed of immediately in a closed container, and provide single-use equipment for immediate disposal.
  • Barber chairs should be disinfected after each client with an alcohol-based or bleach disinfectant spray (such as sodium hypochlorite), and single-use tissues should be used.
  • Urge clients to bring their own personal shaving/cutting tools.
  • New shaving tools should be used for each client such as, comb, razors, shaving cream, brushes, etc.
  • When using the sink to wash a client’s head, the employee must wear a mask, and put a clean towel over the client’s face to protect his mouth, nose and eyes. Face protectors should be used by employees in charge of washing and cleansing hair and skin.
  • It is advised to provide the service to the client by one employee and prevent rotation in providing service by more than one employee.
  • It is allowed to provide Moroccan bath services with the importance of disinfecting the toilet after each use and wearing professional protective equipment such as face protectors, protective glasses, a fabric or medical mask, and a plastic robe (cape).
  • It is allowed to provide massage services. Follow the instructions contained in the massage service protocol.




Instructions and Requirements Related to The Environment of Barber Shops

  • All barber shops must be cleaned and disinfected before reopening.
  • All surfaces must be routinely cleaned and disinfected every two hours with disinfectants approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (such as, sodium hypochlorite), and the instructions shown on the packages must be followed, with a focus on places where there is a high possibility of contact, such as door handles, tables, seat armrests, elevator switches, etc.
  • Ensure that hand soap is available in toilets in sufficient quantities and disinfect toilets every two hours with disinfectants approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.
  • Tools should be washed with soap and hot water, then covered with disinfectant daily and frequently. Consider the time required for disinfection, which is usually written on the disinfectant label.
  • Use only single-use sheets and towels, and do not use washable towels and sheets.
  • Use disinfectants approved by the Food and Drug Authority and contain 60-80% of alcohol.
  • Distribute hand sanitizers at visible places such as entrances, reception areas, workstations, toilets, etc. It is preferable to fix them on the wall.
  • A schedule must be kept to show cleaning and disinfection times of surfaces, including toilets.
  • Ensure a safe, healthy environment in the reception area and workstations, by following these guidelines:
  1. Reception area
    • In regard to penetrating and non-solid surfaces (such as curtains or carpets), it is recommended to clean and wash them periodically, disinfect them with the appropriate and approved products, and dispose of them if they are in places that are frequently visited, such as the reception and waiting areas.
    • Employees must wash their hands frequently and after using phones or accounting devices.
    • Clients must disinfect their hands before sitting on the barber chair and after finishing.
  2. Workstations
    • Since the use of strong disinfectants can damage leather chairs, and fabric chairs are difficult to disinfect as well, it is recommended to use a single-use plastic cover.
    • Clean and disinfect all reusable items and store them in a sealed, airtight container.
    • Clean and disinfect all spray nozzles, hair dryers, foam handles, chairs dedicated for washing, dyeing, and cutting hair, and chair armrests.
    • All appliances, caps, scissors, scissors protectors, combs, brushes, tool trolleys, and any other items used for clients’ service should be cleaned and disinfected.
    • Ensure that all products such as lotions and creams are placed in a sealed container after use, if not disposed of and replaced.
    • All single-use items such as tissues and nail care utensils, such as coolers, should be disposed of after use.
    • Dispose of any product that may be contaminated due to improper use of hygienic practices to be followed and replace it with a new product.
    • Clean and disinfect all sheet baskets and waste bins. Use containers that have lids and disposable liners.


Monitoring Symptoms

  • Prevent any employee with a flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) from working or entering the barber until the symptoms disappear, according to the attending physician’s report.
  • Prepare an isolation room for suspected cases at the workers residence until competent authorities communicate with the case. (Please refer to the health requirements guide for workers’ accommodations to combat COVID-19).



  • With the continuous screening and isolation procedures that occur according to the approved protocols, (Tawakkalna) application is used to ensure the employee’s health status concerning COVID-19. If the employee’s status is positive or in contact with a positive case, all this will appear at the application, will not be allowed to enter the workplace.
  • The employee can return to work after he completely recovers and checking that by updating his status in Tawakkalna application.
  • Report any cases that appear among employees with a high temperature or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) and are suspected of having COVID-19. They must be prevented from entering the barber shop. Record their data, contact numbers and call 937 immediately to obtain directions required to transfer them to hospital.



  • Place panels at the barbershop’s entrance asking clients not to enter the place if they have respiratory symptoms like COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Employees must be educated about the symptoms of the disease, means of its transmission and its seriousness. Educate them to avoid going to work in case they experience any respiratory symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath).
  • Educate employees about the need to disclose any respiratory symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath) or high temperature by calling 937 and following home isolation guidelines.
  • Distribute awareness brochures at visible places, including the following:
    • Methods of disease transmission and prevention.
    • Raising awareness of washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth before washing hands, and urging attention to personal and health care.
    • Following the etiquette of sneezing and coughing (use tissue and dispose of it as soon as possible, use the elbow by bending the arm).
  • Continuous warning of the importance of adhering to safety instructions, protection from disease, and limiting costumers overcrowding in the barbershop.
  • Elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases must avoid going to barbershops.
  • The barber shop should place a panel that includes a statement of the violation and the method for reporting them.