Ecija mayor imposes total ban on sin products during ECQ

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija – Because many are still going out of their homes to obtain liquor and tobacco-related products in complete disregard of the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine and social distancing measures against COVID-19, Mayor Arvin C. Salonga issued an executive order imposing a total ban on so-called “sin products.”

In his Executive Order no. 9 dated March 26, Salonga said the prohibited acts included drinking, selling, and serving liquor and other intoxicating beverages, or the smoking, chewing, sniffing and swallowing of tobacco including vape and e-cigarettes in any place within the municipality.

Effectivity of the total ban is the entire duration of the ECQ from March 16 to April 14, 2020, the mayor said.

Also to be penalized are erring owners of business establishments or their helpers if they were found violating the mayor’s executive order.

According to the EO, any person or entity found violating the said provisions would be meted a penalty of P1,500 of eight hours orcommunity service for first offense; P2,000 or 16 hours community service (2nd offense) and P2,500 or 24 hours of community service (3rd offense); without prejudice to other penalties that may be imposed under other applicable laws, rules and regulations.