MANILA (UPDATE 2) - Some of the country's malls will be limiting operations in areas covered by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), but will keep "essential" establishments open.
Robinsons Malls, Ayala Malls, SM Supermalls, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Vista Malls have announced certain stores and establishments classified as "essential" will be operational, following the government's announcement of a strict quarantine in the NCR Plus bubble from March 29 to April 4.
Fisher Mall in Quezon City also said it will limit operations during ECQ.
The following will remain open in the said malls in areas covered by ECQ:
- Pharmacies and medical services
- Hardware stores
- Convenience stores
- Select restaurants with takeout and delivery services
Parking will be free in Ayala and SM malls, as well as Fisher Mall.
SM Supermalls meanwhile said that their malls' operating hours will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. only, while Fisher Mall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with its supermarket open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The malls' limited operations will be effective starting March 29 to April 4.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday approved placing areas in the NCR Plus bubble under ECQ, as the country reported a record number of daily infections.
NCR Plus covers Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.
- With a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News