Malls in the National Capital Region (NCR) have agreed to adjust their operating hours to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. starting November 14.

The MMDA has requested mall operators to change their respective operating hours to help alleviate heavy traffic that is expected to build during the Christmas season.

“Mall-wide sales will be only allowed during weekends. Also, deliveries will be from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. only. Exempted from the regulation are deliveries of perishable goods, restaurants serving breakfast, and groceries,” said Acting MMDA Chairman Romando Artes.

The new schedule will end on or before January 6, 2023, depending on the traffic situation after Christmas. “We will observe the traffic situation in the metropolis on December 26. If the traffic is normal and manageable, we will immediately lift the restrictions and announce it to the public,” Artes adds.

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The MMDA will also temporarily suspend all excavation activities in NCR roads beginning midnight of November 14 until midnight of January 6.

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