DTI: Limited access, no free Wi-Fi at malls and shopping centers under GCQ

Mall operators are also advised to reduce entry points to manage foot traffic
by Leandre Grecia | May 6, 2020
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Some areas in the country are now currently under general community quarantine (GCQ), which means some establishments have been allowed to resume operations.

The list of places includes malls and shopping centers, locations that people tend to flock to—and when they do, chances are safety measures such as social distancing may be overlooked. The threat of the coronavirus outbreak has not been eliminated just yet, so such scenarios must definitely be avoided.

To help mitigate the worst possible scenarios, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued a new memorandum laying out the operating guidelines for establishments that will reopen under GCQ. The memorandum mandates the management of malls and shopping centers to limit the number of people entering their premises, refuse entry to individuals when necessary, and strictly enforce social distancing among its customers and personnel.

To be exact, only one person per two square meters will only be allowed inside a mall, shopping center, or an individual store. The total carrying capacity of the entire mall will also be computed using this formula. Meanwhile, senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities will only be allowed inside these public places only when completely necessary, and they will only be allowed one companion each.

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Management must also limit elevator access to these prioritized citizens, and elevator units must only operate at half the capacity. Likewise, the DTI is advising operators to reduce the number of entrances to better manage foot traffic inside these establishments. Sales and marketing events, as well as other promotions, must also be suspended, while free Wi-Fi access to customers should be turned off.

These are only a few of the salient points of the document. To view it its entirety, check it out here.

Do you think these guidelines will help ensure safety once these large establishments resume operation? Tell us in the comments section.

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