DTI orders mall closures amid community quarantine due to COVID-19

DTI orders mall closures amid community quarantine due to COVID-19

- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ordered all malls in Metro Manila to shut down amid the community quarantine

- However, the closure does not include those that offer basic necessities like grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, health clinics, etc.

- Business process outsourcing (BPO) offices inside malls are also allowed to operate amid the community quarantine.

- The DTI also ordered mall operators to waive the rent of closed stored affected by the community quarantine

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released a memorandum circular to order the closure of malls in Metro Manila amid the enhanced community quarantine on Monday.

KAMI learned that all malls are ordered to shut down except for stores and establishments offering basic necessities and services like grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, health clinics, hardware stores, and bookstores.

In a report by the Inquirer (authored by Catherine Gonzales), food stalls are still allowed to operate but for take-out or delivery only.

“With the declaration of general community quarantine, mall operations shall be limited to establishments offering basic necessities such as groceries and supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, health clinics, bookstores, hardware stores, food stalls (take out/delivery only),” it read in the DTI Memorandum Circular 20-04.

According to a report by the Philippine Star, business process outsourcing (BPO) offices inside malls are also allowed to operate amid the community quarantine.

As reported by the GMA News Online (authored by Jon Viktor Cabuenas), the DTI also ordered all malls in Metro Manila to waive the rent and charges of closed stores affected by the community quarantine.

"Lessors and owners of business spaces shall share the responsibility by waiving the corresponding rental fees and charges of stores that were closed during the one-month period of General Community Quarantine, as a result of this Memorandum Circular," it read.

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In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to place the entire Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine.”

As of posting time, the Department of Health (DOH) has reported a total of 142 coronavirus cases in the Philippines.

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