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  • Manila City Orders Liquor Ban To Enforce Social Distancing

    The ban begins today, March 30, 2020.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Manila City Orders Liquor Ban To Enforce Social Distancing
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  • Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno is imposing a city-wide liquor ban starting today, March 30, 2020, an announcement on the Manila Public Information Office Facebook page said.

    This is part of the local government unit's emergency measures, in line with the city's State of Calamity declaration due to the COVID-19

    According to the post, Mayor Isko has signed an executive order that strictly prohibits the sale and distribution of alcoholic drinks like beer and wine.

    This move is seen to prevent curfew violations and to further enforce social distancing, which the Mayor said is not being followed. 

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    "Kahapon may mga lasing, may mga nagka-karaoke pa, tambay sa kalsada, nagpaparty-party pa. Ngayon, para wala na kayong dahilan para makahanap ng alak," he reportedly said.

    Likewise, wine stores are discouraged from selling alcoholic beverages, or face revocation of their business permits. 

    "Ipinagbabawal na po at binabawi pansamantala ang pribilehiyo sa mga tindahan na nagtitinda ng alak. Hindi na po kayo pwede magtinda ng alak bukas. Any violation shall lead to the revocation of Mayor's and Business Permit," the post from last night said.

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    Manila is the fourth Metro Manila City to impose a liquor ban while the community quarantine is in effect. 

    On March 17, Mandaluyong Mayor Carmelita Abalos signed Ordinance No. 763, which regulates the consumption of alcoholic drinks within the city to decrease person-to-person contact, promote social distancing, and prevent the spread of the disease.  

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    Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto approved the ordinance prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks in public places within Pasig on March 19. 

    In Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte implemented the ban starting March 26, 2020 which will last until April 12, 2020.

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