Cebu City lifts liquor ban

Published May 7, 2021, 2:02 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The liquor ban here has been lifted but establishments serving alcoholic beverages were reminded to strictly observe health protocols.

“Liquor can now be bought from stores but they should be consumed at home. Drinking outside or by the road is prohibited,” said Mayor Edgardo Labella here after issuing Executive Order No. 130 lifting the liquor ban.

Labella said the lifting of the ban is to help establishments recover their losses and allowed displaced workers to have their jobs back.

The mayor here however reminded that health protocols such as wearing of facemasks and physical distancing must be strictly observed in establishments.

He likewise reminded establishments that only two servings will be allowed.

“We will deploy liquor marshals. Erring establishments will be reprimanded and those who will continue to violate will be shut down and their business permit will be cancelled,” said Labella.

The city Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) and Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) have also conducted training for the Health Infection and Prevention Control Officers (HIPCOs) of bars and other establishments.

The training was part of the requirements in applying for special permit to serve liquors.

BPLO personnel also inspected the establishments and bars before the issuance of a special permit.