DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte on Thursday, March 19, ordered the management of malls in the city to temporarily close down, except for their occupants which are supermarkets, pharmacies, in-house department stores, medical and dental offices.

The move of the city was part of the aggressive measures taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Also part of the latest stringent directive was the shutting down of mixed-use buildings in the city starting 11:59 pm Thursday. 

However, the mayor clarified that public markets are not covered by the closure order and would continue to operate.

Duterte also ordered the shutting of all entertainment facilities such as internet and gaming shops, carnivals, movie houses, spas, beauty and massage parlors, starting 5 pm Thursday.

She said that the two new orders, numbered 15 and 16, only closed certain establishments because she could not afford to order a total closure because people would have nowhere to run to for their supplies.



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