*UPDATED: As of Sunday, March 15, The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) just set a curfew within Metro Manila in light of the imposed Commmunity Quarantine that was announced last Thursday, March 12, 2020.
From the 30-day period of March 15 to April 14, the capital will be under curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Only employees going to and from work are exempted from this rule. The measure has been placed to curtail “non-essential” travel, and to keep the COVID-19 from spreading by means of rigid stay-at-home quarantine.
In compliance with the new 8 p.m. curfew, SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, and Ayala Malls in the metro have taken to either closing for the time being or adjusting their operating hours.
According to an earlier report by DZMM, Robinsons Malls has announced that they will be stopping all mall operations in Metro Manila starting March 16, 2020.
On the other hand, Ayala Malls recently released an official statement announcing their temporary closure. Their statement reads "In compliance with the directive of Metro Manila LGUs on General Community Quarantine, please be guided on the temporary closure of Ayala Malls in Metro Manila effective tomorrow, March 16, 2020."
In the meantime, they've opted to keep key establishments for basic services open such as supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores, and banks, among others.
Subsequently, all Ayala Malls Cinemas will also be closed starting March 15, in compliance with stringent Social Distancing Measures.
Meanwhile, SM Supermalls has also released a statement announcing the temporary suspension of mall operations in Metro Manila effective March 16, 2020.
This comes with the exception of banks, convenience stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, hardwares, courier services, BPOs, and other health and medical services which will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Sunday
Central Square at BGC has also taken to closing starting March 16 until further notice, as per an official announcement on their social media. Sunday masses are also cancelled indefinitely.
The same goes for Shangri-La Plaza. Note they will also be keeping supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores, banks, and other essential establishments open.
Commercenter Alabang will be suspending mall operations altogether starting March 14 until April 14, 2020, with the exception of the grocery store and bank present in the area. "Only Assi Fresh Plaza and Chinabank will have the option to operate during the said closure," their statement explains.
Rustan's Department Store has also also closed their branches in Makati, Shangri-La, Gateway and Alabang. Rustan's Cebu will remain open.
Powerplant Mall will be closing starting March 15. However, The Marketplace, Mercury Drug, and HP Diagnostics Plus will remain open.
While the MMDA has proposed for the closure of malls in Metro Manila during the duration of the community quarantine, it is unclear whether all malls will comply to the suggestion.
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