Shopaholics, you might have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the month-long nationwide sale that was slated to begin starting March 1. The Department of Tourism announced that they will be postponing The 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival until further notice "to prioritize safety of citizens."
The announcement was made on the Department of Tourism's (DOT) Facebook page. It states: "Given the alarming rise in corona virus disease (COVID-19) infections all over the world during the past few days, the Department of Tourism has postponed the nationwide mall sale portion of the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival until further notice."
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, "As much as we want to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19, the safety of our citizens remains our priority. We advise the general public to maintain proper hygiene and follow the guidelines set by the Department of Health to contain the spread of the virus."
See the DOT's full statement here:
Malls are expected to follow the precautionary measures set by the Department of Health, which includes the checking of temperatures of mall-goers as well as providing more hand sanitizers in their premises.
In the meantime, check this out to see how you can protect yourself from COVID-19. Stay safe, Spotters!
For more information, log on to the Department of Health - Philippines' Facebook page.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.