“There is an urgent need to reimpose a 24-hour liquor ban in Davao City to prevent the exposure of individuals to the COVID-19 virus by reason of their unbridled drinking sessions,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
Mayor Sara Duterte reimposed the 24-hour liquor ban effective November 2, 2020 in an attempt to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city which were blamed on the numerous activities allowed under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Executive Order No. 59 was signed and issued by the mayor today (October 29) but the liquor ban will take effect from 5 a.m. of November 2 to December 31 this year.
“There is an urgent need to reimpose a 24-hour liquor ban in Davao City to prevent the exposure of individuals to the COVID-19 virus by reason of their unbridled drinking sessions,” Duterte said
She said there is a need to control the COVID-19 cases in the because of the full occupancy of COVID-19 beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and theTemporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs).
“It has been observed from patient interviews that selling, serving, and consumption of liquors and other similar intoxicating drinks encourage close contact gatherings thereby defeating the objective of the community quarantine,” she said.
It can be recalled that a 24-hour liquor ban was originally implemented in the city during the Enhanced Community Quarantine last April 6. The ban was, however, lifted on September 21 “to gradually allow business establishments to resume operations including businesses in the liquor industry.
During last Monday’s Davao City Disaster Radio program, the mayor said that while alcoholic drinks per se will not cause COVID-19, drinking alcoholic beverages encouraged people to flock together which is prohibited because of the pandemic.
She said the “tagay” system also proved dangerous since one glass gets passed on from one person to another, and one of them could be asymptomatic or already positive of the virus.
The city will implement the “One Strike Rule” which means it will immediately move for the closure of an establishment after a single violation is properly documented.
The mayor tasked the Vices Regulation Unit (VRU) and Barangay Council to conduct vigorous surveillance of all restaurants, fastfood, sari-sari stores, and similar establishments to ensure compliance with the liquor ban.lovelycarillo