Cebu City liquor ban lifted as it shifts to GCQ Oct 1-31

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THE Cebu City Government has lifted the liquor ban effective October 1 to 31, 2021 while the city has now been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Executive Order 143 issued by Acting Mayor Michael Rama, also stated that restaurants and bars can now operate but only only up to 30 percent of capacity.

Only those that are fully vaccinated can be accommodated as dine-in customers in the restaurants and bars, according to Rama’s EO.

The establishments that are allowed to operate must also have permits from the Covid-19 Emergency Operations Center, a contingency plan and other necessary documents.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases issued Thursday, September 30, the new quarantine classifications in the country, placing Cebu City under GCQ, along with Cebu Province and Mandaue City, from October 1 to 31.

Lapu-Lapu City has been placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

In southern Cebu, the Moalboal Municipal Government also lifted the liquor ban, but stressed that stores and establishments can only sell one bottle per person.

Executive Order (EO) 33, issued by Moalboal Mayor Paz Rozgoni on Friday, October 1, also stated that the sharing of glasses or bottles during drinking sessions is not allowed.

“...for any instance where consumption of liquor is involved, there shall be no sharing of glass and/or bottle. Each person must use his or her own drinking glass at all times,” Rozgoni said in her order.

The EO also stated that physical distancing must be observed during social gatherings, and sharing of utensils, such as plates, spoon and fork, is not allowed.

“...the guidelines include sessions in business establishments as well as sessions during intimate and special occasions involving friends, family members inside their homes and all other possible venues,” it stated.

Violators will be fined P20,000 to P50,000 or may be imprisoned for six days to one year.

Rozgoni has directed all police personnel of Moalboal to strictly implement the new rules. (ANV / LMY)

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