MALLS and shopping centers can now open in areas under general community quarantine (GQC).
Presidential Spokesman Secretary Harry Roque said this during the virtual briefing in the Palace.
Roque also clarified that in the re-operation of malls and shopping centers several rules will be implemented based on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF’s) recommendation.
The rules include limiting the number of consumers, maintaining social distancing, allowing only one associate of senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women.
Even the use of elevators and escalators is limited to maintain social distancing.
Reducing the seating area, implementing one-way flow, and maintaining police visibility.
Malls and shopping centers also need to set a centralized pickup location for delivery services, regulating 26 degrees of air conditioning and turning off wi-fi services.
Following the May 15 ECQ extension in some areas of the country, GCQ is expected to increase in a number of areas.
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation has ordered that no pregnant and elderly people be allowed on all railway systems by the time the operation resumes in the event that Metro Manila becomes subject to the general community quarantine on May 16.
Pregnant and senior citizens are considered as high risk for COVID-19 disease.
In accordance with the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, children, pregnant, and elderly should stay in their home at all times, unless if it cannot be prevented.
In addition to physical distancing, passengers will also need to wear face masks and pass through thermal scanners to measure their temperature.
Passengers without a face mask and with a body temperature of 37.8 degrees celsius or higher will not be allowed to board the train.