Well, it’s that time of year again. And considering this is the most normal the holidays have felt in the past couple of years, expect more motorists to be out and the sea of red lights to be back to its former glory this year.
In preparation for this year’s Christmas rush, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has asked malls to make a few operational changes.
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Starting November 14, malls will start operating from 11am to 11pm instead of their usual hours. They will also refrain from holding mall-wide sales during weekdays. Lastly, a moratorium on roadwork (save for those that are part of the government’s flagship infrastructure projects) will be in place.
According to MMDA spokesperson Mel Carunungan, these changes will last only until the first week of January 2023.
Traffic-wise, do you think adjusted mall hours will have a big impact on this year’s shopping rush?