Bacolod enforces early curfew, bans public drinking of liquor

Bacolod enforces early curfew, bans public drinking of liquor

BACOLOD CITY – The city government here has enforced an early curfew and prohibited the selling and consumption of liquor in public places anew as part of strict precautionary measures to curb the recent rebound of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.

In Executive Order (EO) 31, series of 2021 issued on Sunday night, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that while Bacolod is classified under modified general community quarantine this month, data and statistics registered in the past days in May and in the early days of June showed that the city recorded higher figures for new cases per day.

“That should cause great alarm for us,” he added.

Based on Section 3 of EO 31, curfew hours here will be now observed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., from the previous 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

“Exemptions shall be made for workers on night shifts, media practitioners, public emergencies like fire/ambulance services/other occasions caused by disaster/calamity, and those requiring medical assistance on board public utility vehicles or private vehicles,” it added.

In Section 4, Leonardia suspended EO 03, which allows the gradual permission in the sale, serving and consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in allowed establishments from 6 to 9 p.m.

“The selling and/or consumption of such alcoholic beverages in public places is totally banned and prohibited,” it added.

This means serving and selling of liquors, alcoholic drinks and intoxicating beverages at beerhouses, nightclubs, karaoke bars or clubs, or any establishment that primarily serve and sell alcoholic drinks are still prohibited.

Under EO 31, only allowed is the selling of liquor, wine, beer or any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage from 12 noon to 6 p.m., only for consumption in private residences or places.

In Section 2, any form of mass gathering or business activity is strongly advised under 30 percent seating capacity for dine-in restaurants, fast food, and food retail establishments; barber shops, salons, and other personal care service establishments; church and religious gatherings; and meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions events.

“In our intention to arrest the rising number of Covid-19 cases, we strongly appeal to the citizenry to observe all basic health protocols such as correct wearing of face masks/face shields and physical distancing while in public places, and frequent hand-washing, and to voluntarily home quarantine themselves as much as possible,” Leonardia said.

On June 6 alone, Bacolod logged 128 new cases and one death, and also 53 recoveries. The latest 128 cases are all local transmissions.

The city now has a total of 10,298 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 1,473 active; 8,560 recoveries; and 265 deaths. (PNA)

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