THE Cebu City Government has reimposed the liquor ban and extended the curfew hours in the city starting Sunday, July 25, 2021, due to the steady increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases.
1. Liquor ban in Cebu City
Executive Order 136, Series of 2021 signed by Acting Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, stated that the liquor ban will last for a month.
The order prohibits any person, including owners and managers of hotels, resorts, restaurants, convenience stores, sarisari stores and other establishments, from serving and/or drinking intoxicating liquor in any public place within Cebu City.
However, hotels, resorts and other accomodation establishments are allowed to serve liquor only for their in-house guests under the guidelines of the Department of Tourism and Department of Trade and Industry.
2. Curfew hours extended
Curfew hours in Cebu City will now start from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. This applies to all persons and business establishments authorized to operate.
Authorized persons outside of residence, business process outsourcing employees, industries such as food and essential deliveries allowed to operate within curfew hours, health workers and government agencies providing emergency services are exempted from the curfew.
Rama also mandated the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Business Permit and Licensing Office, Philippine National Police, Cebu City Police Office, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Cebu City Prevention Restoration Beautification and Enhancement team to implement the order.
3. Rise in coronavirus cases
The EOC earlier proposed implementing stricter measures in the city to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases.
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The Department of Health-Central Visayas recorded 308 additional cases in the city on Saturday, July 24.