Malacañang on Monday urged for the monitoring of crowds within malls, as more individuals are now allowed to enter such establishments.

Areas in the country have started deescalating their quarantine restrictions to Alert Level 2, including Metro Manila and Ilocos Norte. Under the alert level, children are allowed to go to malls.

In a press briefing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said malling should not be a superspreader event.

“Binuksan po natin ang ating mga malls sa mga kabataan dahil unang-una para sa public health benefits nito sa kabataan at para rin sa ekonomiya na iyong mga pamilya ay makapunta na sama-sama sa malls; hindi po dahilan ito para maging super spreaders iyong ating malling,” he said.

The palace spokesman said mall owners are responsible for implementing public health protocols inside their establishments.

“Nananawagan po kami sa mga mall owners, katungkulan ninyo po na ipatupad ang mga minimum health standards. At kapag hindi po kayo tumupad eh tataas na naman ang mga kaso, isasarado na naman ang mga malls, marami na namang mawawalan ng hanapbuhay. So hinihingi po natin ang kooperasyon ng lahat nang patuloy pong magbukas ang ating ekonomiya,” Roque said.

The government has been reminding Filipinos to remain on alert against Covid-19 even though daily cases as of late have been decreasing, especially as the holiday season nears.

The Department of Health said over the weekend that the country’s active Covid-19 case count could shoot up to over 52,000 by December if the public would be complacent to public health guidelines and cause a spike.

As of Nov. 8, the Philippines has recorded 32,077 active Covid-19 cases. John Ezekiel J. Hirro