Following the announcement of the Inter-Agency Task Force’s modified enhanced community quarantine guidelines, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls on May 16 reopened its commercial centers across the country with stringent safety measures to ensure safety of guests and store personnel.
Among the mall developer’s brands following these new safety measures are Eastwood Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, and The Clubhouse at Temple Drive in Quezon City; Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila; Uptown Bonifacio, Forbes Town, and Venice Grand Canal in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; Three Central Mall, Paseo Center, and San Lorenzo Place Mall in Makati City; California Garden Square in Mandaluyong City; The Village Square Alabang in Las Piñas City, Twin Lakes Shopping Village in Laurel, Batangas; Southwoods Mall in Biñan, Laguna; Mactan Alfresco in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu; and Festive Walk Mall in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Heightened safety measures implemented in the establishments include the strict implementation of social distancing of at least 3 feet apart, mandatory thermal checks, compulsory wearing of face masks, and cashless transactions.
The company is also further intensifying its existing mall sanitation and safety protocols including the introduction of brand new and state-of-the-art disinfection chambers, which will be stationed at different mall entrances to help further mitigate the spread of the viral disease.
Contactless purchases including the use of mobile or cashless transactions at select stores and the establishment of designated pick-up counters and drive-through stations for online takeout orders and deliveries are also among the new additional measures to be implemented to protect and give shoppers more options when it comes to buying food and other essentials safely.
Meanwhile, in accordance with the new community quarantine guidelines of the IATF, chapels, entertainment, and leisure establishments will remain closed.
Access to free Wi-Fi is also temporarily unavailable. Valid IDs must also be presented at the entrance and only guests ages 21 to 59 will only be allowed to enter. Restaurants and dining establishments will only cater takeout orders. Air conditioning is set at 26 degrees Celsius.
In addition, alcohol and hand sanitizers are available throughout the establishments, elevator and parking card buttons are sanitized every 30 minutes, parking cards are sanitized before deployment at the card dispensers, escalator handrails are disinfected using UV light, and sanitation squad is deployed at all times to deep clean frequently touched areas.
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls also conducted rapid testing for all its employees and frontline workers, including janitors and security guards.
“The safety and well-being of our guests, employees and retail partners remain our topmost priority and we have put in place more intensified safety measures to help ensure a safer and happier shopping experience for everyone once we reopen our doors,” Graham Coates, first vice president and head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, said in a statement.
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