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Treñas sets rules on alcohol sales, funeral gatherings

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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas issued two executive orders (EO) setting restrictions on the sale of liquor and its consumption and holding of funeral wake due to spiraling cases of coronavirus disease.

EO 173 provides the guidelines in the conduct of wakes and funeral services effective October 22.

Funeral wakes shall only be held for three days starting from the time the remains of the deceased are first displayed, the order stated. (https://bit.ly/3jodP80)

Wakes and funeral services shall only allow attendance of the deceased’s immediate family and relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity, those living in the same household as the deceased, and a minister if desired.

A logbook must be kept at the wake for possible contact tracing of all visitors. It must reflect the name, address, age, date and time of visit, and contact details of the visitors.

Meanwhile, EO 153-D amended EO 153-C which allowed business establishments or activities under Categories II and III in areas placed under general community quarantine to operate at full capacity.

EO 153-C allowed dining and restaurants to operate for dine-in services at 50 to 75 percent capacity subject to the Department of Trade and Industry guidelines.

EO 153-D, on one hand, allowed the sale of liquor until 6 pm only. Drinking in public places, however, is still banned.

“There is a compelling need to regulate the serving and consumption of liquors and other similar alcoholic drinks as the same encourage close contact among people, thereby defeating the objectives of the community quarantine,” said Treñas.