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Shoppers can enter supermarkets without face masks -Nograles

The government on Monday said there was no order for supermarkets to deny entry to shoppers who do not wear face masks.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles issued the statement following reports that some stores barred shoppers who failed to wear face masks from entering their establishments.

“Wala naman kaming inilabas na patakaran mula sa inter-agency task force na kailangan pong magsuot ng mask bago pumasok sa mga supermarket. Ang rules lang po natin ay magkaroon lamang ng social distancing sa mga supermarkets,” Nograles said in a televised briefing.

Nograles is the spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the body supervising efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 in the country.

“Made-determine naman ng supermarkets kung ilan ang maaari nilang papasukin to make sure na may social distancing po doon sa loob ng supermarkets. ‘Yun lang po ang patakaran ng IATF,” he said.

Grocery stores and drug stores, as well as food preparation and delivery services remain open during the Luzon-wide community quarantine which began on March 17 and will end on April 13.—AOL, GMA News