Pasay City imposes liquor ban during extended quarantine

Published April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Dhel Nazario

A temporary liquor ban has been imposed by the Pasay City government to prevent social gatherings that may lead to the spread of the COVID-19.

In a resolution, the city council said violators could face penalties of up to P5,000, while retailers and sellers may lose their business permits, according to councilor Arnel Regino Arceo.

Arceo said that the council has been receiving reports that some residents have been coming together and drinking liquor as a past time.

“This inevitably violates the essence of home quarantine and social distancing to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading further and to prevent the absurdity of Pasayenos buying alcoholic drinks instead of their families’ basic needs,” said Arceo, quoting the resolution.

The council then asked the Philippine National Police to strictly implement the ban. Other cities in Metro Manila have already implemented the liquor ban.

Residents are repeatedly told to stay at home and observe proper handwashing, waste disposal, and social distancing for those who possess a quarantine pass when going out of their homes.