Establishments must observe social distancing under MECQ

People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned shopping malls closure if they fail to observe social distancing under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and all local government units (LGUs) to ensure the observance of minimum health standards and quarantine regulations given by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“All Chiefs of Police and PCP Commanders should make rounds of all malls prior to opening and during operating hours. If the malls are not able to comply with the minimum health standards, the PNP can close the malls and charge the mall owners with violation of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act,” said Año.

Año added that only authorized persons are allowed to go outside of the house to buy essential needs per household.

“We cannot put the lives of our people at risk, that’s why we hold our mall owners, mall managements to be responsible and accountable in implementing the required minimum health standards,” the DILG chief added.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said the IATF should reconsider its decision on the reopening of malls unless strict physical distancing is strictly observed.


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