The country’s month-long nationwide mall sale, aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, will not push through as planned in March.
The Department of Tourism on Saturday announced it is postponing the event which was scheduled to start on Sunday, March 1, until further notice.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat cited the “alarming rise” in coronavirus infections in other parts of the world for the decision.
She said the safety of Filipinos is of top priority, and thanked participating establishments for supporting the decision. She reminded malls to follow the precautionary measures set by the Department of Health to prevent the spread of any virus, including checking the temperatures of mall-goers.
The announcement also comes a day after Health Secretary Francisco Duque discouraged the Tourism Department from pushing through with the event.