Car Companies Comply with ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine,’ Halt Operations in Luzon
Major car brands are suspending dealership operations in Luzon to comply with the new memorandum released by Malacañang restricting public transportation on land, air and sea, among other guidelines designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.
Auto companies that have announced closing their dealerships in Luzon beginning March 17, 2020 include:
- Chevrolet Philippines
- Ford Philippines
- Honda Cars Philippines
- Lexus Manila
- Maxus Philippines
- MG Philippines
- Mitsubishi Motors Philippines
- Motor Image Pilipinas (Subaru)
- PGA Cars (Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche)
- Toyota Motor Philippines
- Volkswagen Philippines
“All Chevrolet dealerships in Luzon, including Metro Manila, will temporarily suspend their operations starting March 17, 2020 until further notice. We remain committed to helping you in any way we can. Should you have any inquiry regarding your Chevrolet vehicle, you may contact your Chevrolet Customer Care Team at 5328-2438 or email at email@example.com,” Chevrolet PH relayed in a Facebook post.
Below is the official statement from PGA Cars concerning their announcement suspend operations of showrooms, service centers, offices, and other facilities.
“Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) would like to maintain a safe and healthy community, and in support of the national government’s directives to fight the spread of COVID-19, all Mitsubishi dealerships in the entire Luzon area (including Metro Manila) will be temporarily closed starting March 17, 2020 until April 12, 2020,” said Mitsubishi Philippines on Facebook.
Some car brands have announced that Vis-Min dealership operations will continue throughout the quarantine, some have announced shortened hours.
The ‘enhanced community quarantine,’ which takes effect from 12:00 am of March 17, 2020 until 12:00 am of April 13, 2020, calls for the “strict” home quarantine in all households, suspension transportation, regulation food and essential health services, and heightening of uniformed personnel’s presence to enforce quarantine procedures.
Media vehicles and reporters shall be allowed to travel within the community quarantine area, provided that they secure a special media pass from the PCOO.
The enhanced quarantine measures also require only one person per household to go outside their homes to buy basic necessities. Use of private vehicles for this purpose shall be allowed.
Sunday, March 15, marked the beginning of the month-long ‘lockdown’ implemented by the Philippine Government to curb the spread of the dreaded disease from China.