Besides the implementation of the curfew, malls are being asked to close down temporarily during the lockdown, in contrast to President Rodrigo Duterte's earlier announcement encouraging retail establishments to remain open.
“And then also, we requested for the malls... if those malls could be closed first... What could remain open are supermarket, grocery, banks and other essentials again,” the MMDA representative said in mixed Filipino and English.
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"Like our mayors said, during this time, who will look for new shoes and clothes. Those are not necessities. It’s not a priority. So we don’t need to hoard or panic."
The Philippines raised Code Red Sub-Level 2 over the COVID-19 threat.
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