The Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved a resolution, lifting the prevailing standardized and unified curfew hours in the National Capital Region starting November 4.
According to MMDA Resolution No. 21-25, the lifting of the curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4 am will complement the adjustment of mall operating hours to provide both mall-goers and mall employees ample time to get home.
“The lifting of the curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4 am will complement the adjustment of mall operating hours.”
“The lifting of curfew hours in Metro Manila will help spread out the influx of people coming to and from malls to further reduce the risk of virus transmission,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and overall MMC Chairman Benhur Abalos said.
“Mall owners have agreed to adjust their operating hours by opening until 11 pm.”
The same resolution stated that mall owners have agreed to adjust their operating hours by opening until 11 pm, instead of the usual 10 pm to help alleviate traffic in Metro Manila especially as the Christmas season is approaching.
Curfew hours for minors or those under 18 years old shall be subject to existing ordinances of the Metro Manila local government units, along with the continued observance and enforcement of COVID-19 protocols and minimum public health standards such as wearing of face shields and face masks and observing social distancing.
“The Metro Manila mayors have agreed to lift the curfew hours in the metropolis,” Abalos said.
“But we will respect the implementation of curfew on minors based on existing ordinances of the respective LGUs,” the traffic chief added.
The MMC, composed of the 17 local government units of Metro Manila, is the governing body and policy-making body of the MMDA.