PARANAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced yesterday that alcoholic drinks will be prohibited in the entire city during the extended period of enhance community quarantine (ECQ) until May 15.
Olivarez pointed out that banning the sale of liquor during the period of ECQ aims to discourage residents from gathering at bars and streets and “most importantly to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Last Tuesday, alcoholic beverage makers appealed to the national government to lift the total liquor ban imposed in several cities in Metro Manila and provinces during the coronavirus lockdown.
According to the Center for Alcohol Research and Development (CARD), "if this ban continues, the industry can no longer survive, a situation that can affect a large sector of the community.”
However, Olivarez said they will not lift the liquor ban until May 15 this year to strictly implement the social distancing.
The mayor was dismayed over some city residents who were not following the government's rules banning mass gatherings due to the ECQ.
Despite a city-wide curfew, city hall officials and police operatives also learned that several foreigners were seen in public places and hotels drinking beers and liquors until the wee hours and completely disregarding social distancing.
Last month, Olivarez signed Executive Order 24, directing the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) to suspend the selling and serving of liquor and other alcoholic and intoxicating beverages effective immediately.