Malls closed, but groceries, drugstores, banks to remain open in San Juan

Published March 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas 

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said grocery stores, drugstores, and banks in the city will remain open.

The city mayor earlier said that he has coordinated with the management of shopping malls in San Juan for their temporary closure beginning Sunday “until further notice.”

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora

“However, groceries, supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, medical services, banks, and restaurants with home deliveries will remain open,” Zamora said.

The move to close down shopping malls was in line with the resolution of the Metro Manila Council approved by 17 Metro Manila mayors during their emergency meeting on Saturday to tackle measures to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Zamora said Greenhills Shopping Center, Promenade, Theater Mall, and the Santolan Town Plaza will be indefinitely closed “to ensure the safety of everyone amidst the threat of the COVID-19.

“With strict observance of social distancing of one meter, people can still buy and avail of the above mentioned essential products and services anytime of the day as stores and shops that offer these will remain in normal operations,” the mayor said.

The local government has assured the public that there was enough supply of food, medicines, and medical products and services in San Juan.

Aside from shopping malls, churches in the city were not spared by the threat of the disease.

The local chief executive said masses in Pinaglabanan Church, Santuario de Santo Cristo, Mary the Queen and Santuario de San Jose were canceled.

Zamora has reminded his constituents to follow precautionary measures to avoid being infected with the disease. He also urged them to stay in their homes and observe social distancing.

Likewise, the mayor has reminded the public to observe proper hand washing and ensure the cleanliness of their surroundings.

As of Sunday noon, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with eight deaths.