April 15, 2021

QC Under Liquor Ban, Manila Still Requires QPass

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  • The Quezon City government will continue to impose a liquor ban under a more relaxed modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ) amid the rising of the Covid-19 cases.

    QC Mayor Joy Belmonte signed a memorandum containing the MECQ guidelines which states that the liquor ban “shall take effect immediately” until April 30.

    Quezon City Hall/IMAGE from Quezon City Official Facebook page

    “All retail sales of alcoholic beverages shall remain suspended for the duration of these guidelines,” the memorandum read.

    Currently, the unified curfew in National Capital Region  (NCR) is from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and states that all people must be at home before the said curfew. Exception of the rule are people who are going and returning from work in essential businesses or traveling that have a pre-booked ticket prior to lockdown.

    Essential activities may operate on a 24-hour basis, including public transportation, couriers, cargo vehicles, market delivery, food take-out and delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, convenience stores, and delivery of essential goods.

    The business process outsourcing (BPO), and other businesses exporting goods or services are also allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis.

    Also Read: LIST: Mall Hours in MECQ Areas this April 2021

    Indoor dine-in services are not allowed in QC, however, al fresco or outdoor dine-in are allowed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. imposing proper distancing or setting up barriers in between customers.


    Manila City Hall/IMAGE from Manila City Hall Official Facebook page

    In Manila, persons who wish to go out of their homes for essential needs are still required to show a quarantine pass (QPass).

    “Considering that restrictions on the movement of persons are the same during ECQ and MECQ, the requirement of quarantine pass observed under ECQ is validly carried over to MECQ as a requirement,” the Manila Barangay Bureau’s guidelines read.

    Like Quezon City, Manila will also continue to limit persons to access essential goods and services and for work in permitted establishments.

    Also Read: PNP: Checkpoints, Curfew Remain in NCR Plus Under MECQ

    Manila City government also reminds the public that violators may be penalized.

    “In both ECQ and MECQ, any violation of restrictions shall constitute non-cooperation of the person or entities punishable under Section 9 par (d) or as the case may be, of RA 11332,” the guideline read.

    Source: Philippine News Agency

    Written by Cedie Salido 

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