Mallgoers follow physical distancing before entering SM City Puerto Princesa for non-contact temperature and bag check. All individuals with temperature above 37.3 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed to enter the mall premises.

SM City Puerto Princesa has reopened 56 stores to serve authorized persons outside residences (APOR) who need to buy essential goods and items.

The mall opened them on May 3 in response to the inter-agency task force (IATF) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) guidelines on allowed sectors in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), said SM City Puerto Princesa in a press statement.


Footwear sanitation baths are placed at mall entrances where customers of SM City Puerto Princesa get mandatory hand sanitation.

The stores that opened include SM brands like SM Appliance Center, Surplus Shop, Ace Hardware, Kultura, Miniso, and Watsons. The SM Store, on the other hand, opened Monday.

Of the figure, 12 fast food and restaurants opened to offer takeout and delivery services. No dine-in shall be allowed.

Four salons have started accepting clients following health protocols set by SM management and the Department of Health (DOH).


Stores that are open accommodate customers at limited capacity.

Fashion and specialty retail brands also started to accept customers at limited store capacity. For gadgets, tech, and accessory needs, 13 stores at SM’s Cyberzone have also opened.

“Hoping for everyone’s cooperation and compliance, the mall implements strict safety measures on sanitation, disinfection, physical distancing, and limited entry of people in stores,” the mall management said.

Aside from a “No Mask, No Entry” policy, there shall be a mandatory non-contact temperature check at mall entrances. All individuals, mallgoers, and employees, who have a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed in the mall.


Motorcycles follow safe distancing at designated parking areas.

SM City Puerto Princesa operates at 26 degrees Celsius and has discontinued its Free WiFi offer to discourage customers from lingering in the mall.

All stores that reopened were required to have a thorough general cleaning, compliant to standard health and safety measures before they were allowed to reopen by the SM management.

For the list of open stores at SM City Puerto Princesa, visit the SM City Puerto Princesa Facebook Page.

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