DAVAO CITY — The 24/7 liquor ban and curfew hours from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. in Davao City will stay until the end of this year.
This after Mayor Sara Duterte released Executive Order 37 issued on Monday, extending the curfew and liquor ban “to regulate some activities that can contribute to local transmission” amid the surge of cases and threats of new variants of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Section 1 provides that the liquor ban applies in all public places. Exempted from curfew are those who need to work or do business during those hours.
Duterte said the local government wants to avoid gathering of people, particularly drinking sessions, which may potentially lead to the spread of more infections.
“As of now, there is no discussion to lift the liquor ban. You have to understand that when liquor is available at the sari-sari store in the community, there is tendency that people will buy and gather after work. We want to avoid gathering,” she said.
As of August 1, the Department of Health (DOH-Davao) reported 54,818 cases with 6,795 active, 46,213 recoveries, and 1,810 deaths.
Out of the total cases, Davao City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mindanao, logged 30,690 cases with 2,766 active, 26,894 recoveries and 1,030 deaths. Davao de Oro tallied 4,265 cases, Davao del Norte with 10,560, Davao del Sur with 4,637, Davao Occidental with 1,037, and Davao Oriental with 3,629.