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DILG to Close Malls if Social Distancing is Not Enforced

The Department of Interior and Local Government warns malls that have partially reopened that it would be closed if they do not enforce physical distancing and crowd control measures. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año directed all local government units and police to inspect all malls and to get in touch with mall management about the Department of Health’s minimum health standards and quarantine protocols.

Should the mall fail to comply with the standard protocols, the Philippine National Police can close the malls and charge mall owners with violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, officially designated as Republic Act No. 11469 is a law enacted in March 2020 granting the President additional authority to combat the COVID19 pandemic in the country.

According to the rules, every two square meters of the common areas of the mall is limited to one person only. Furthermore, security guards and mall employees should be on regular patrol and to remind shoppers to maintain physical distancing and wearing of facemasks.

Should the mall reach its maximum capacity, people should need to line outside the establishment and wait for their turn. Strict physical distancing should also be observed when in line.

“These commanders were instructed to warn the management of these malls and make sure that the warning is personally relayed to the mall management and other similar establishments,” states Joint Task Force Covid Shield led by Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. Read more: DILG warns: Malls to be closed if physical distancing not enforced

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