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No more curfew hours in Metro Manila

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In an effort to help revive the country’s economy, Metro Manila mayors have agreed to lift the curfew hours in the National Capital Region beginning Thursday, Nov. 4, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lifting of the curfew hours, which were previously imposed as a health measure against COVID-19, will complement the adjusted mall operating hours of 11 a.m. up to 11 p.m. under Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution No. 21-25, which was signed by all 17 mayors in order to prepare for the holiday season’s shopping.

As per MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, The lifting of curfew hours in Metro Manila will help spread out influx of people coming to and from malls to further reduce the risk of virus’ transmission,” said in a statement.

“The Metro Manila mayors have agreed to lift the curfew hours in the metropolis,” he added.

Minors, however, will continue to be subject to their respective city’s ordinances, which may have different curfew rules for those under the age of 18.

The curfew will be lifted on Thursday, but the new mall hours will not start until November 15, according to Abalos.

Meanwhile, midnight bazaars will be permitted, and shopping sales will be allowed only on weekends and holidays to avoid heavy traffic caused by crowds flocking to malls during the week.

In a TeleRadyo interview Abalos said, “Siguro ambag na rin natin ito sa ekonomiya ng ating bansa.”

REFERENCE/S: 
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

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