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Liquor ban imposed in Bacolod City

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The local government unit of Bacolod City has barred businesses from selling alcoholic drinks and ordered the closure of videoke bars and internet stations as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

This after Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued Executive Order No. (EO) 25.

“There is now an urgent necessity for the implementation of more stringent forms of social distancing to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and it is the intention of the city government to undertake more specific measures to effectively protect its citizens,” said Leonardia.

The city mayor said the selling, serving and consumption of liquor and other similarly intoxicating drinks encourage gatherings and close contact among people, which in turn defeats the objectives of community quarantine. (https://bit.ly/2QJwfoi)

The city government has been receiving reports of violation of social distancing measures in karaoke and videoke bars, and internet cafés and gaming stations, where persons, particularly minors and youth, converge and socialize without regard to the declared health regulations combating Covid-19, he added.

Section 1 of EO 25 prescribes that the selling/serving by any business establishment or any person of liquors, alcoholic beverages, coconut wine, and other nature wines and the like which causes intoxication is prohibited.

Section 2 states the consumption of liquor and any alcoholic beverage in public is also prohibited while Section 3 provides that all karaoke and videoke bars and establishments, internet cafés or gaming stations, including Pisonet businesses, are closed to the public.

Last March 15, Leonardia placed Bacolod under a general community quarantine, restricting all land, sea and air travel to and from the city and enforcing curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.