Philippine National Police Deputy (PNP) Director for Operations and Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield commander PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar warned the management of malls that their establishments will be closed anew if they fail to enforce physical distancing measures inside their premises.
Eleazar made the warning following social media posts showing that people did not observe physical distancing inside malls in Metro Manila, which have been allowed to conduct limited operations starting Saturday, May 16.
“As per instruction of the SILG (Secretary of the Interior and Local Government), we will not only facilitate the closure of these malls but will also initiate the filing of appropriate charges against the management,” the PNP official said in a statement.
Eleazar said that police commanders have been instructed to monitor the movement of people inside the malls.
He also said that police commanders should meet with the management of malls to remind them of the protocol set by the Department of Health and warn them of the consequences if they would fail to observe the protocols,
“These commanders were instructed to warn the management of these malls and make sure that the warning be personally relayed to the mall management and other similar establishments,” Eleazar said.