Makati bar faces closure, fine for violating health protocols

Makati Police chief Col. Oscar Jacildo revealed Sunday that the owner of Kartel Rooftop Bar where 40 partygoers, including five German diplomats were arrested for violating quarantine health protocols will be fined and the nightspot closed. 

(Photo courtesy of Makati Police)

This was confirmed by lawyer Michael "Don" Camiña, spokesperson of Makati City Hall.

Camiña said personnel of the Makati Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) will first inspect the bar before shutting it down.

"Since it happened late Friday night, our BPLO personnel will go to Kartel on Monday morning," he said.

"The sanctions will be determined by our BPLO personnel on Monday after their inspection."

Makati City, he said, wants establishments to get back on their feet but should strictly follow health and safety protocols to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

"Bar and restaurant owners must be responsible enough," Camiña said. "The virus is still here, we must be cautious at all times."

On Friday night (September 18), Makati police swooped down on Kartel Rooftop Bar in Barangay Poblacion, Makati after receiving a tip from the Mayor's Office about.

The 40 bar customers who were arrested were each fined P2,000 – P1,000 for not wearing face masks and curfew violation, and P1,000 for not observing physical distancing.

They were all released after the Makati Public Safety Department (PSD) gave them citation tickets early Saturday morning (September 19).

The German diplomats claimed diplomatic immunity, but the police said they are not excused from being given citation tickets for violating health protocols.