In anticipation of the upcoming declaration of GCQ following the extended ECQ being implemented in certain areas in Luzon including the NCR, the National Capital Region Police Office under the stewardship of PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS spearheaded a dialogue with Mall Security Officers for the preparation on the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Security for Mall Opening Forum held yesterday, 11th day of May, 2020 in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.
The dialogue aims to establish a strategy on how to better address and manage the peculiar challenges brought about by CoVid 19 pandemic to the traditional mall security approach.
Most of the malls in the Metro participated in the forum such as the Ayala Malls, SM Malls, Shangrila, Landmark, Rockwell and other frequently visited mall establishments by manila shoppers.
Among others, the strategies proposed by the partisans to be implemented to prevent the spread of CoVid 19 upon the anticipated reopening of malls in the Metro are the following:
a. Intensified implementation of social distancing protocol inside mall common areas. The proposed distance guide per person is based on a 1 person per 2 sqm floor area. The mall security officers shall compute the maximum persons to be allowed entry based on the aforementioned computation;
b. Mall entrance and exit will be limited and controlled;
c. Police presence will be strengthened by establishment of PNP Desks outside the mall;
d. Human traffic to entrances and exits will be modified. All alleys, hallways, path walks and other medium of convergence shall observe the ‘keep-right’ and one-way scheme’; and
e. Waiting in stores, boutiques, and shops of all other forms will be prohibited. However, under exceptional circumstances, the store owners may opt to provide seats in observance of social distancing protocol to waiting customers;
The above cited strategies were considered in addition to the guidelines to be issued by the National Government upon the implementation of the GCQ in the Metro.
“We had this dialogue primarily to encourage concerted movement of all law enforcement agencies and units especially those in charge of areas frequented by our people; like the malls. This is only an initial dialogue; several others will follow amid the anticipated announcement of the implementation of the GCQ by the National Government. Rest assured that NCRPO will do its task of securing the Metro in partnership with our indispensable counterparts such as the mall security officers to ensure public safety despite the hurdles brought by this health crisis,” said PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS.