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Cavite Malls to Shut Down Again, Two Days After GCQ Status

There's been a spike in cases.
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All malls in Cavite will stop operations starting May 18 after a recorded spike in COVID-19 cases—this, during the province's transition to a general community quarantine. According to Governor Jonvic Remulla, a total of 36 additional cases were confirmed from May 13 to May 17, prompting him to order all malls closed. "Wala po nakitang pinasusunod na patakaran ukol sa social distancing," noted Remulla in a Facebook post.

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Even supermarkets and drug stores inside malls will be closed, said the governor, until proper social distancing can be observed. "Marami sa inyo ang magagalit sa akin. Mas mabuti na galit kayo sa akin at wala kayong [COVID-19] kaysa natutuwa kayo sa akin at nadadagdagan ang may sakit," he wrote.

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According to him, folks abused the lowering of restrictions under a general community quarantine (GCQ). "Akala ninyo ang GCQ ay FREEDOM PASS" Remulla said. People used their employee IDs and/or quarantine passes to get into malls for non-essential reasons, with some ordering take-out from restaurants and then eating their food inside the commercial center.

Remulla noted that those who have to work must have a "certificate of duty" and are only given an hour before work and an hour-and-a-half after work to get to and from home. "Ito ay bawal gamitin para gumala."

Malls will be allowed to operate again once there is a clear plan for physical distancing, said the governor. "Pasensya na kayo, inabuso ang sistema at kailangan higpitan," he noted.

Malls were also allowed to operate under a limited capacity in Metro Manila, as the capital region transitioned to a modified enhanced community quarantine on May 16. Social distancing rules were ignored, based on pictures taken on that day. 

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This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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