All Metro Manila malls asked to close during community quarantine

UPDATED March 14 3:45 PM — All Metro Manila malls and other establishments have been asked to stop operations during the month-long community quarantine imposed by President Duterte starting Sunday, March 15, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines.

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This was announced by San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora during a press conference today, March 14, as he read the resolution approved by the Metro Manila Council.

They “strongly recommend to all Local Legislative Councils of the NCR to issue ordinary ordinances for the temporary close of malls and establishments of the same kind, except those offering essential services (i.e groceries, supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants with home deliveries, and establishments offering medical services) from 14 March 2020 until 13 April 2020, subject to day-to-day evaluation and other exemptions that their city or municipality may enact.”

Ayala Malls has already announced that it is closing its malls across Metro Manila early this Saturday, March 14, and will temporarily suspend movie screenings at its cinemas until the end of the community quarantine.

SM Supermalls likewise adjusted its mall hours from 11 AM to 7 PM beginning Sunday, March 15.

These adjusted mall hours are to comply with the curfew to be implemented from 8 PM to 5 AM while the quarantine is in effect.

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