Authorities on Saturday ordered the closure of a night club in Quezon City after it was caught operating in violation of various ordinances.
The local government served a closure order on Guilly’s Island night club on Tomas Morato after police arrested 95 persons caught drinking alcohol during curfew hours. According to local government guidelines, the nightspot can only operate as a restaurant and cannot serve alcohol.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said operatives swooped down on the night club past midnight Saturday (Sept. 26) after receiving a tip from a city councilor that the nightspot was operating in violation of a city ordinance.
The local government said Guilly’s Island will be closed while the Business Permits and Licensing Office “further evaluate[s]” its violation and decides “the necessary punishment.”
The QPCD said the arrested individuals will face multiple charges: violation of RA 11332 (Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases), violation of City Ordinance 2936 (Mandatory use of face masks in public places) and Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code (Resistance and Disobedience to a Person in Authority), among others.
Mayor Joy Belmonte warned other establishments, particularly resto bars, night clubs and karaoke bars, that they will face the same fate should they “continue to operate amid the general community quarantine.”
“Binabalaan natin ang mga may-ari ng bar at nightclub na itigil na ang kanilang ilegal na ginagawa dahil mahuhuli at mahuhuli namin kayo (I am warning all bar and nightclub owners to stop their illegal operation because we will surely catch you),” Belmonte said.
“Inilalagay niyo sa panganib ang buhay ng inyong mga customer at iba pang mga residente dahil ang pag-inom sa publiko ay isa sa mga rason sa pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa ating lungsod (You are putting the lives of your customers and other residents at risk because drinking in public places is one of the reasons behind the rise of COVID-19 cases in our city),” she added.
“Nais man nating simulan ang muling pagbuhay ng ekonomiya ng lungsod, hindi natin maaaring isantabi ang mga isyung pangkalusugan na maaaring makaapekto sa karamihan (We want to revive the economy of our city but not at the expense of our health),” Belmonte said.
In Makati City, 30 Chinese nationals were arrested in a KTV bar and restaurant for violating physical distancing.
According to a GMA News report, the foreigners were partying inside the KTV-bar and claimed they did not know about the prohibition.
The Chinese nationals were given citation tickets for their violation and their IDs were confiscated by authorities. They were allowed to leave after paying the fine. (with a report from Allysa Nievera)