Cavite malls to reopen after a 2-day shutdown, governor says

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Posted at May 20 2020 09:51 AM | Updated as of May 20 2020 09:52 AM

Cavite malls to reopen after a 2-day shutdown, governor says 1
Shoppers observe physical distancing implemented by shopping malls on the second day of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila on May 17, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Malls in Cavite province will reopen Wednesday after being shut for 2 days due to violation of physical distancing and quarantine measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Jonvic Remulla said. 

Mall operators and local chief executives agreed on operating hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last customer leaving the premises by 6 p.m., Remulla said in a Facebook post. 

"Hinde ninyo karapatan ang oras na ito. Ito ay pribelhiyo para sa inyong ikabubuti. Huwag abusuhin at marami pang ibang customer na kailangan bumili," Remulla said.

(Time is not your right, it's a privilege for your safety. Do not abuse this since there are many customers who need to buy things)

Consumers thronged shopping malls over the weekend, when the lockdown in Cavite was downgraded to a general community quarantine for the first time in 2 months. 

Malls are allowed to partially operate under general and modified quarantine but with strict health protocols.

Shoppers are given a "1 hour time pass" to stay inside malls, except those going to the supermarket, Remulla said. 

Consumers will only be allowed in malls within or the one nearest their towns, except for frontliners who are allowed in any mall in Cavite, he said.

The Department of Interior and Local Government earlier said malls that violate physical distancing and curfew hours could be shut.