SM to close down supermarkets on Maundy Thursday for disinfection


Posted at Apr 04 2020 03:34 PM | Updated as of Apr 04 2020 06:03 PM

MANILA - Mall and supermarket chain SM said it would temporarily close down all its supermarkets for disinfection on Maundy Thursday, SM Hypermarket's general manager said Saturday.

In an interview with radio DZMM, Arnold Paul Daluz explained that this is to further ensure that customers and their staff are protected from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"On Maundy Thursday we will close all stores, magsa-sanitize tayo. Aayusin natin isa-sanitize natin ang lahat ng mga tindahan natin sa Thursday," Daluz said, adding that all SM Hypermarket and Savemore markets will be affected by the day-long shutdown.

(We will fix all our stores for sanitation on Thursday.)

Daluz earlier reiterated that they have been doing round-the-clock disinfections in their supermarkets to help contain the spread of the virus, which has infected over 3,000 in the country.

"We’re disinfecting every day, every night actually pagkapasok dini-disinfect ang pushcarts lahat sila nag-a-alcohol to make sure that everyone [is safe],” Daluz said.

(We're disinfecting every day, every night, actually once they come in the pushcarts are disinfected, all of them use alcohol to make sure everyone is safe.)

Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine on March 17, closing all establishments except for those providing basic goods such as restaurants, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

Some parts of Visayas and Mindanao have also enforced local quarantine measures.