THE Cebu City Government has reimposed the liquor ban and extended curfew hours starting Sunday, July 25, 2021, due to the steady increase in the number of positive coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
Executive Order 136, Series of 2021 signed by Acting Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama states that the liquor ban will last for a month.
The order prohibits any person, including owners and managers of hotels, resorts, restaurants, convenience stores, sari-sari stores and other establishments, from serving intoxicating liquor in any public place within the city.
However, hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments are allowed to serve liquor only for their in-house guests under guidelines of the Department of Tourism and Department of Trade and Industry.
Curfew hours in Cebu City will now start at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. and last 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 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.
The EOC earlier proposed implementing stricter measures in the city to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Felix Taguiam, in a separate interview, said they support the return of the liquor ban and the adjustment of curfew hours.
Taguiam said the public has become complacent by not following minimum public health standards.
“I will support more strict enforcement with the marshals to implement the curfew. We have been doing good, but people are getting complacent,” he said.
He said the City should learn from past mistakes.
“What we are asking is just super strict compliance. Not closure (of businesses). Let’s just tell the public, at this time, we just need cooperation,” he said.
According to the Department of Health 7 case bulletin, Cebu City has 2,085 active Covid-19 cases, as of Sunday, July 25.