MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) met on Monday with security officers of malls in Metro Manila to discuss measures when the region shifts to a modified enhanced community quarantine on May 16.
In a statement Tuesday, NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said the dialogue in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City was attended by representatives of most of the malls to establish a strategy on how to better manage the challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Among the measures proposed is an intensified implementation of social distancing protocol inside common areas.
The proposed distance guide per person is based on a “one person per two square meters floor area” policy. Mall security officers shall compute the maximum persons to be allowed entry based on this measure.
Entrance and exit points will be limited and police visibility will be intensified.
Human traffic to entrances and exits will be modified. All alleys, hallways, path walks and other places of convergence shall observe the ‘keep-right’ and one-way scheme’ and waiting in stores, boutiques, and shops of all other forms will be prohibited.
However, store owners may opt to provide seats for the social distancing protocol for waiting customers.
“Rest assured that NCRPO will do its task of securing the Metro in partnership with our indispensable counterparts such as the mall security officers to ensure public safety despite the hurdles brought by this health crisis,” Sinas said.
The strategies were considered in addition to the guidelines to be issued by the national government.
On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that Metro Manila, Laguna province, and Cebu City will be under a modified enhanced community quarantine beginning May 16 until May 31. (ia/PNA)