THE Department of Tourism (DOT) has postponed the nationwide mall sale of the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival until further notice due to concerns over corona virus (COVID-19) spread amid rise in infections all over the world.
Tourism officials maintained the safety of Filipinos is their priority more than visitor arrivals and revenue.
During the Alert Level 4 phase of the Taal Volcano eruption, the DOT recommended to cease the operations of all tourism establishments in the affected areas for the safety of tourists and its employees alike.
The DOT has coordinated with the mall establishments and is thankful for their support for the decision to postpone the nationwide sale to a later date for the safety of their customers.
Mall owners are still free to continue its day to day operations.
The DOT also recommended that malls follow the precautionary measures set by the Department of Health (DOH) such as checking the temperatures of mall-goers before allowing them to enter and the provision of more hand sanitizers in their premises.
“As much as we want to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19, the safety of our citizens remains our priority. We advise the general public to maintain proper hygiene and follow the guidelines set by the Department of Health to contain the spread of the virus,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.