Malls, other establishments to temporarily close in Rizal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2020 08:20 AM

MANILA - Malls, bars and other establishments that accomodate huge crowds in Rizal province will temporarily close beginning Monday until further notice to prevent possible spread of the novel coronavirus in the region.

In a memo issued by Gov. Rebecca Ynares, operations of malls, gaming outlets, internet cafes, bars, coffee shops and other such establishments will be suspended in Rizal.

However, restaurants, markets, grocery stores, drugstores, hospitals and others which provide necessities are not included in the temporary closures.

Private organizations and establishments are also strongly encouraged to postpone their activities, especially those with huge gatherings, until the state of public health emergency in the Philippines is lifted.

Restaurants, hotels and other event centers may allow clients to reschedule and rebook activities without additional fees or penalty.

At least 3 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Rizal, according to data from the Department of Health (DOH).

As of Sunday, 140 COVID-19 cases, with 11 deaths, have been recorded in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier placed the country under public health emergency, suspended classes, and banned non-essential travel to and from the capital region after cases of the disease rapidly rose since early March.