Navotas brings back citywide liquor ban amid COVID-19 rise

Alcoholic beverages (Contributed photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 18 (PIA) -- The City Government of Navotas passed an ordinance reimposing liquor ban and prohibiting the sale of liquor and alcoholic beverages within the city in a bid to control the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

City Ordinance No. 2021-18 stated that it is prohibited to sell, deliver, serve, or buy alcoholic drinks within Navotas.

It is also unlawful to possess or consume such beverage in any public places, or traverse or loiter in public places while drunk.

"Safety protocols such as wearing of mask, non-sharing of food, glass or utensils, and social distancing are usually overlooked during drinking sessions," Mayor Toby Tiangco pointed out.

"People also have this false sense of security that their drinking buddies--family members, friends or neighbors who seem healthy--do not carry the virus. But most of our patients are asymptomatic or do not show symptoms that is why it is easy for them to transmit the virus to others without their knowing," Mayor Toby explained.

Tiangco noted that the city recorded a steep increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past four weeks.

"Our City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit recorded 693 cases and established that there is clustering in some areas, and this has forced us to implement granular lockdowns. This is also why we are instituting additional safety measures to prevent further spread of the virus," he said.

Earlier, Navotas passed an ordinance imposing a mandatory RT-PCR swab test as penalty for violation of safety protocols including curfew, wearing of face mask, and social distancing.

Violators of the liquor ban will be meted with fines ranging from P1,000-P5,000 or 1-10 days imprisonment. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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