Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

As the country slowly opens up economic activities, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the guidelines on “Easing of Control Measures in Mall and Commercial Centers Upon Strict Implementation of the Seven Commandments” or Memorandum Circular (MC) 20-55.

The MC enumerates the seven commandments that should be strictly implemented in commercial spaces namely: 1) wearing of proper face masks; 2) wearing of face shields; 3) no talking and no eating in public transportation and confined or crowded areas; 4) provision of adequate ventilation; 5) frequent and proper disinfection; 6) isolation of symptomatic or coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)-positive persons; and 7) appropriate physical distancing.

“This issuance also states that persons from age 15 to 65 are now allowed to go out of their residences, as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID),” the DTI said.

“Furthermore, control measures for malls and commercial centers now allow turning on of free WiFi for customers; regulation of airconditioning temperature lower than 24 degrees Celsius, and the conduct of mall-wide sales promotion activities and marketing events subject to existing DTI protocols and minimum health standards,” it added.

PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPORT

Meanwhile, businesses leaders assured that shopping malls and commercial centers are prepared with health and safety measures in their establishments to ensure the safety of consumers.

In a statement on Tuesday, members of the private sector-led Ingat Tayong Lahat campaign, a consortium of the country’s biggest companies and brands, welcomed the recent announcement of the IATF-EID allowing persons aged 18 to 65 to leave their homes starting October 22.

Previously, only those aged 21 to 60 years old are allowed to go out.

Curfew hours, previously at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., was adjusted to from midnight to 4 a.m.

“With the safe and gradual reopening of retail spaces, we are ensuring the well-being of our patrons but also that more people are able to recover their sources of livelihood,” said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan.

“SM has over 89,000 direct micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) partners,” he added.

Also expected to benefit from the easing of quarantine restrictions are fast-food chains and restaurants.

“We’re thankful, this is a welcome development. Customers now have more time to visit us. More operating hours will translate to additional shifts; this means more of our people can go back to work,” McDonald Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Yang said.

The Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat campaign provides establishment owners and consumers with tools and information to safely travel, shop from their favorite stores, and patronize their favorite restaurants. Businesses of all sizes can participate in the campaign by downloading and using the free visual assets available on the website: www.ingat-angat.com. SOVEREIGNPH

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