Malls in Cebu City close temporarily amid COVID-19 threat


CEBU CITY – Mall operators on Thursday said they would suspend operations in Cebu during the community quarantine.

Ayala Malls and Robinson Malls said they would close their malls starting Friday, March 20 while SM SeaSide and SM City Cebu will close effective today, March 19 until further notice.

They did however note that select stores, such as banks, supermarkets and drug stores, will remain open to provide basic services.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Mall and JY Square mall is still operating but shortening the hours as support to the Executive Order No. 52 from the Office of Cebu City Mayor.

Mayor Edgardo Labella also implemented a nighttime curfew over the city for all residents regardless of all age.
Executive Order No. 52, which he signed on Sunday, March 15, a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. would be enforced.

“No one should be in the malls, community centers, commercial areas, and other public areas if they do not have any important transactions, business or otherwise,” Labella said.

Meanwhile, under Cebu City’s “state of general community quarantine,” residents would only be allowed to leave their homes to go to work, buy food, medicines, or other necessary supplies, and to go to medical centers.

Public transportation within the city will still be allowed but passengers must be one seat apart from one another and the occupancy should not exceed half the capacity of the vehicle, including the driver.

Health checkpoints are installed in all entry points to Cebu City, while barangay workers are conducting house to house monitoring of individuals especially pregnant women, sick individuals, senior citizens, and children under 10 years old.