THE Philippine National Police (PNP)-Joint Task Force COVID-Shield conducted a meeting with the security managers of malls to extend information on the provisions based on the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
JTF COVID Shield commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar stated that they continue to strictly monitor, not just the malls, but also the establishments inside.
Together with this, Eleazar said that police personnel was deployed in shopping malls to ensure social distancing.
The PNP official also advised mall marshals to check the vehicles entering the parking areas if those have been following the anti-COVID-19 protocols.
Eleazar stressed that should not be the ground zero of another wave of the COVID-19 infection.
Eleazar emphasized the importance of mall management and the people to follow safety measures such as social distancing and wearing of the facemask.
The JTF commander reiterated their reminder that despite Metro Manila is now under modified enhanced community quarantine; only one person is allowed to go outside of their houses for essential movements.
“Itong merong mga quarantine pass na siyang isa lang sa bawat household sila lang po ang puwedeng pumunta doon. So, iche-check muna natin sila and they should go to the mall in their locality or adjacent locality,” said Eleazar.
Robinson’s mall released “reopening guidebook”
Meanwhile, some mall stated that they are currently imposing policies to avoid the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
Robinson’s malls Senior Vice President & General Manager Arlene Magtibay said they have released mall “reopening guidebook” for the retailers and restaurants.
Magtibay added that their safety officers frequently check what’s happening around and look after people and make sure everyone complies with the safety measures.
“Nag-deploy kami ng mga marshalls or security guards and for each mall iba ‘yung bilang nito. ‘Pag mas malaki ‘yung mall at merong malls na mas matao, then definitely we increase the number of the marshalls to ensure that social distancing is observed,” said Magtibay.
Megaworld lifestyle mall priorities health and safety of people
Also, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls first Vice President Graham Coates assured that aside from following government’s lockdown protocols, the health and safety of the people are the top priority.
Coates said that they established a disinfection chamber, deployed “social distancing ambassadors” on a strategic location, and conducted rapid antibody testing for their employees.
“The company did conduct a rapid antibody testing. All our employees in megamall have undergone antibody rapid test this includes our frontliners as well,” said Coates.