MANILA, Philippines – Malls in San Juan City will be temporarily closed starting on Sunday, March 15 amid growing cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, Mayor Francis Zamora announced Saturday.
In a statement, Zamora said he has coordinated with operators of the Greenhills Shopping Center, Promenade, Theater Mall, and the Santolan Town Plaza in San Juan City for their temporary closure “until further notice.”
“This is to ensure the safety of everyone amidst the threat of the COVID-19,” Zamora said.
The announcement follows the emergency meeting of the Metro Manila Council on Saturday where mayors of the 17 local government units (LGU) agreed to close the malls in their respective cities, and set a curfew for their constituents from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) later clarified that the curfew across Metro Manila would not be enforced immediately as LGUs still need to pass local ordinances to impose it in their respective areas.
The measure comes after Metro Manila was placed under community quarantine by President Rodrigo Duterte to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Among the restrictions during the quarantine period is the conduct of mass gatherings.
In view of this, Zamora said that masses at Pinaglabanan Church, Sanctuario de Santo Cristo, Mary the Queen and Santuario de San Jose in San Juan City have also been cancelled.
“Everyone is advised to stay in their homes and observe social distancing and proper handwashing,” the mayor said.
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