Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday announced he has ordered the temporary closure of all shopping malls in the province due to violation of social distancing guidelines.
"LAHAT NG MALL SA CAVITE ay panandalian SARADO dahil sa kanilang pakawalang bisa ng social distancing. Sa labas Ng mall Bago magbukas; sa luob Ng mall habang operations; Wala po nakitang pinasusunod na patakaran ukol sa social distancing. Kung akala ng lahat ay kung pati sa mall ay PNP pa rin ay para na rin ninyo sinabi na kalimutan na Ang ibang trabaho at sitahin na lang ang nasa mall," Remulla said in a Facebook post.
The governor said supermarkets and drug stores inside malls will also be closed until social distancing measures are put in place.
"Pasensya na sa taga bacoor, alam ko na ang malaking grocery ay nasa mall. Sandali lamang Ito hanggang maka bigay Ng plano ang may kanya ukol sa social distancing," he said.
Remulla said people flocked to shopping malls over the weekend thinking they can do leisurely malling since they have quarantine passes and company IDs.
"Karamihan Ng pumunta ay akala mauutakan ang sistema:
- A. Nag employees ID Ang gamit kahit hinde duty
- B. Pinagsabay ang Employees ID at q-pass para sabay ang pasyal.
- C. Pumunta sa restaurant (jollibee, mcdo) kumuha Ng take-out at kumain sa luob ng mall at sa labas ng restaurant," he said.
Remulla advised Caviteños not to abuse the system, reminding them that Cavite is still under quarantine and residents need to stay home.
"Isa po na paki-usap sa may company ID. HUWAG NINYO ABUSHIN ANG SISTEMA. Sa araw ng inyong trabaho ay kumuha ng certificate of duty mula sa HR. May palugid kami ng 1 hour before and 1.5 hours later para kayo ay maka pasok at maka uwi. Pag wala sa araw ay oras ng duty ito ay bawal gamitin para gumala. Please stay at home. Pag Ito ay abusuhin pa lalo, ay baka ikansala ko ang pribeleyo ng mga nagka sala sa work ID," he said.
Remulla said he has ordered the temporary closure of shopping malls via an executive order he signed on Sunday night. He added that he coordinated with mayors before signing the EO.
The governor said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cavite rose from 239 on Wednesday, May 13 to 275 on Sunday, May 17.
"Apat na araw lang kung kailan nagumpisa ang papasok ng GCQ ay halos 40 na bagong kaso. Akala ninyo ang GCQ ay FREEDOM PASS. Akala ninyo na ang pag bawas ng checkpoint ay pwede na ipagbaliwala ang mga pass para maka labas ng bahay. Akala ninyo na ang work ID ay lakwatsya pass. Ito ngayon ang aking patakaran," Remulla said.
The governor said he is aware his constituents may resent him for ordering the temporary closure of shopping malls but he said it was necessary in order to ensure public health and safety.
"Marami sa inyo ang magagalit sa akin. Mas mabuti na galit kayo sa akin at Wala kayong Covid kaysa natutuwa kayo sa akin at nadadagdagan ang may sakit," he said.
Remulla advised those who need to buy groceries and medicines to go to establishments located outside shopping malls.
"Marami ang magtatanong... 'paano kung pauwi lamang sa trabaho at dumaan sa mall?’... 'Paano kung emergency?' Pasensya na kayo, inabuso ang sistema at kailangan higpitan. Marami naman grocery at drug store sa inyong bayan. Duon muna Ang kailangan bilhin. MAGBUBUKAS RIN naman pag napakita ang plano ng operators ukol sa social distancing," he said.
"Tandaan, Ang Q sa GCQ ay 'Quarantine.' Hinde pa po tapos ang sakuna," Remulla said.
Cavite has been placed under the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 16 after being under the more strict enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) with the rest of Luzon for almost two months.
The quarantines have been imposed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
The Joint Task Force COVID Shield on Sunday warned that it would shut down malls violating physical distancing protocols and initiate filing of appropriate charges against management.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano directed all LGUs and the Joint Task Force COVID-19 to inspect all malls and talk to its management regarding their observance of the DOH Minimum Health Standards and Quarantine Protocols. —KG, GMA News