BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an executive order (EO) on the gradual permission in the sale, serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages at allowed establishments outside of private residences or places from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Leonardia, who signed the Executive Order (EO) No. 3 on February 9, 2021, said the selling, serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be allowed between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in hotels, restaurants and other similar dine-in establishments only.
He said the serving or selling of alcoholic drinks at beerhouses, nightclubs or any establishments whose businesses primarily sell them will remain prohibited.
He added that a similar prohibition under Paragraph D of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020, dated July 16, 2020, is adopted in the EO.
Considering the continuing threat of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), he added that restaurants and other similar establishments will enforce the strict observance of minimum health protocols by all employees and customers, including the use of the Bacolod City Covid-19 Tracing System (BaCTrac), wearing of face masks and face shields, hand hygiene, physical distancing and venue capacity per national IATF guidelines.
Currently under modified general community quarantine, the city continues to implement the 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew and partial liquor ban that allows the purchase of alcoholic beverages only from noon to 6 p.m.
The mayor said the imposition of the appropriate penalties, administrative and/or criminal, will be based on existing laws, ordinances and established rules and regulations.