Pasig padlocks e-bingo outlet found operating during GCQ

Published August 4, 2020, 11:39 AM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The Pasig City government has closed down an electronic bingo (e-bingo) outlet found operating during the general community quarantine (GCQ).

(Photo courtesy of Mayor Vico Sotto)

“Closed. E-bingo na nagbukas habang GCQ. Alam naman nilang bawal. Langya may pa safety reminders pa sa entrance (E-bingo outlet that operated during GCQ. Closed. They knew it was prohibited. They even placed safety reminders at the entrance),” Sotto said.

In the photos shared by the mayor on Facebook, around five people were seen playing inside the outlet moments before authorities enforced the closure order.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) said gambling and other betting activities are prohibited to resume operations in areas under GCQ.

The mayor also disclosed that some stalls in Pasig Mega Market were ordered closed over violations of minimum health and safety standards.

“We were also forced to temporarily close a few stalls in Pasig Mega Market. The closure of an e-bingo outlet was nothing for me. But when its market vendors, it hurts,” he said.

“I really don’t want to do this. But cannot just let them when they were found violating the minimum health and safety standards especially wearing a mask,” he added.

Sotto urged market vendors to observe health protocols at their stalls to ensure their safety as well as their customers.