Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. of the Villar Group reopened 20 malls on Saturday with stronger safety and security protocols following the new community quarantine guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Vista Malls said in a statement it would shorten mall hours, limit services and shops and implement more rigorous security and safety protocols.
Vista Cinemas and play and rest areas will remain closed to the public according to the community quarantine rules set by IATF and local government units.
Air-conditioning is regulated to 26 centigrade until further notice, while free mall Wi-Fi is disabled for the time being.
All restaurants and dining establishments can only serve orders for take-out and delivery, while workers, customers and couriers will be monitored for strict compliance to the physical distancing rules.
Cashless payment methods are highly encouraged to help limit contact.
“Vista Mall reopening its doors is as a step towards facing the new normal. With new paths being forged in navigating this new reality, Vista Mall remains committed to continue providing unparalleled service to its customers, business partners, and tenants,” the company said.
To protect everyone from the potential spread of the virus, Vista Malls mall goers will be required to undergo temperature scanning (those who register a temperature of 37.5 centigrade or higher will be denied entry), validation of ID (only those who are 21-59 years old are allowed entry), and hand and foot sanitation (through alcohol application and foot bath).
It will also require the wearing of face mask at all times and physical distancing of at least two meters.
Vista Mall said it would observe sanitation and security procedures by regularly disinfecting common areas like escalator handrails, elevator buttons, ATM machines and other high-contact areas every 30 minutes.
It will provide alcohol and hand sanitizer dispensers in mall entrances and common areas, and implement hourly sanitation of comfort rooms, mall clinic, and breastfeeding and pumping stations.