Comply with health protocol or else, liquor-selling establishments warned

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ESTABLISHMENTS in Cebu City that sell liquor are responsible for their customers.

In the case of “sari-sari” stores, they cannot sell beyond the 11 p.m. curfew. They also cannot allow customers to consume liquor in their premises.

In the case of restobars and restaurants, they can only sell two bottles of liquor per customer. Customers also cannot stay beyond curfew.

The City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) will hold them responsible for any violations.

“It was our agreement that establishments are responsible for their surroundings, especially those that sell liquor,” BPLO head Jared Limquiao said in Cebuano during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

He said the 14 restobars that were issued a show cause order for violating health protocols blamed their customers.

Saying they were unable to control their customers is not a valid reason, Limquiaco said.

“These establishments had told us they’d have a ‘last call,’ but they still served beyond that,” he said in Cebuano.

He said the BPLO has the list of establishments that were warned for failing to implement the curfew, 75 percent allowed capacity and social distancing.

If these establishments continue to ignore these protocols, the BPLO will revoke their permit to sell and serve liquor, Limquiaco said.

The Cebu City Police Office has asked his office to indicate the establishments’ total capacity, while they are renewing their business permits, he said.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), reminded establishments to cooperate with the EOC during contact tracing. They’ll be slapped with sanctions if they fail to do so, he said. (JJL)