MMDA resets weekday operating hours of NCR malls starting Nov. 15

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 7) — Weekday operating hours of shopping malls in Metro Manila malls will start at 11 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. starting Nov. 15, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said in an advisory issued on Sunday.

The malls will be allowed to open earlier at 10 a.m. on weekends and holidays, the MMDA said further.

The MMDA said that the adjusted mall hours will help ease the traffic this Christmas season.

However, mall promotional sales offering price discounts will only be allowed during weekends and holidays, the MMDA added.

The adjusted mall operation hours are prescribed under MMDA Resolution 21-25 approved by the Metro Manila Council, which is composed of 17 mayors in the capital region.

MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos earlier said that mall operators “agreed” with the adjusted operating hours.

With Metro Manila now under a more relaxed Alert Level 2, the MMDA also lifted the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. general curfew in the region since Nov. 4. However, curfew hours for minors are still in place under existing ordinances of local government units.