The tourism department has put on indefinite hold crowd-drawing mall sales nationwide supposed to kick off in March, citing public safety amid the outbreak of the contagious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The nationwide mall sale is among the programs of the Department of Tourism aimed to spur tourism in the country. It said it put the safety of citizens over potential visitor arrivals and revenues that such nationwide shopping promo might attract.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that as much as they want to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19, the safety of the citizens remains the priority.
She also urged the general public to maintain proper hygiene and follow the guidelines set by the Department of Health to contain the spread of the virus.
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