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Restrictions in malls aim to discourage loitering, says city hall exec

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A top official of the covid-19 clusters in the city told reporters this morning that with more outlets gradually allowed to reopen, mall operators are reminded anew to observe minimum public health safety standards and regulate the entry of customers inside their premises to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

Lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, head of the economic/business cluster of City Hall’s emergency operations center (EOC), said "Executive Order 112 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte sets the guidelines for businesses that were allowed to open but the overall objective remains which is for people to stay at home and go out only to buy supplies, medicines and conduct essential transactions."

To discourage loitering inside the malls, Uy also reminded mall operators to turn off their WiFi and reduce aircon temperatures at 26 degrees Celsius. Markings were also set inside the mall premises and in escalators to guide customers in observing physical distancing while shops were told to implement the two-meter distancing to regulate the entry of customers inside their premises, Uy said.

‘We thank the mall operators for their cooperation including enforcing the ‘no barangay exit pass, no entry’ requirement. At 50 percent capacity, mall tenants can employ half their staff inside their outlets. Barbershops and spas fall under this category. If possible, some businesses can allow work at home arrangements for their employees. But personal care which includes massage services won’t be allowed since they involve physical contact,’ Uy said during Monday morning’s (May 11) press briefing.

Uy also warned restaurants and fastfood outlets to only accept takeout orders and deliveries and not entertain diners lest they be closed.

‘Those that do entertain diners will be warned but the second time they violate, they will be closed. A team to be led by the Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB) will go around to ensure compliance,’ Uy said. – with Stephen Capillas; Photos credit to Roel Felicitas and Aicy Soriano and text by SC

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