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As malls reopen in modified ECQ, how should we do our shopping?

Ayala Malls share the protocols they have put in place for safety

The new normal of shopping is basically contactless. IMAGE FROM PIXABAY

Unless you’ve been sleeping the past few days, you already know that Metro Manila will still be in “modified enhanced community quarantine” until May 31. And because this is still technically ECQ with certain liberties, people should continue staying inside their homes.

Under MECQ, several businesses are already allowed to reopen, including car dealerships and service centers—albeit partially, which means a workforce of 50%. Another commercial establishment that is permitted to restart in MECQ is the shopping mall, but only for non-leisure purposes.

Malls will be partially opened in MECQ. No movies, of course. IMAGE FROM IATF

Understandably, even the most passionate shopper remains wary of stepping inside a mall with other customers for fear of catching the coronavirus. What to do?

Well, Ayala Malls have shared via a Facebook post the protocols they are observing during this time:

Enjoy your favorites on the go with Ayala Malls DriveBuy! Simply follow the steps below for a smooth DriveBuy experience with Ayala Malls!

Just follow these steps and you should be fine. IMAGES FROM AYALA MALLS

So there. The idea is to go contactless and to get the items as quickly as possible. The malls are not reopening so we can all window-shop or watch movies on the big screen again. Baby steps, guys. Still better than nothing at all, right?

For the list of all Ayala Malls, click here.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 27 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.