BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued Executive Order (EO) No. 25 imposing more stringent social distancing through the prohibition of selling, serving and consumption of liquor, and the closure of karaoke and videoke bars, establishments, internet cafés and gaming stations, including Pisonet businesses, in the city until further notice.
The EO, which was signed by Leonardia on March 23, was implemented Wednesday, March 25.
On March 14, Leonardia issued EO No. 18 ordering the suspension of mass gatherings and public events that draw large crowds due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country, and on the following day, the mayor also issued EO No. 21 Series of 2020, an order declaring a general community quarantine in the city.
“The selling, serving and consumption of liquor and other similarly intoxicating drinks encourage gatherings and close contact among people thereby defeating the objectives of community quarantine,” Leonardia said.
He said the city government has been receiving complaints and reports of violation of the imposed social distancing measures in karaoke and videoke bars, and in internet cafes and gaming stations, including the Pisonet businesses, where persons, particularly minors and the youth, converge and socialize without any regard to the declared regulations in combating Covid-19.
“ There is now an urgent necessity for the implementation of more stringent forms of social distancing to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and it is the intention of the city government of Bacolod to undertake more specific measures to effectively protect its citizens,” he added.
The mayor noted that the current public health emergency is covered by Republic Act 11332 and other pertinent laws and issuances of the national government, with penal sanctions, that the city government of Bacolod desires to implement its applicable provisions against any disruption and violation to the strict observance of the directives in this order.
The imposition of the appropriate penalties, administrative or criminal, shall be based on the existing laws, ordinances, and established rules and regulations.
The EO take effect on March 25 and shall remain in force for the duration of the community quarantine in the city or unless earlier revoke.