Bacolod City Enacts Liquor Ban, Closes Videoke Bars, Internet Stations
BACOLOD CITY – The Bacolod City government recently ordered the restricition of selling liquor and closure of videoke bars and internet stations.
The order is yet another one of the means to prevent the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It also came after the city mayor Evelio Leonardia released Executive Order No. 25.
In a report from Panay News, the order states that there is an urgent need to implement more stricter means of social distancing, adding that it is the government’s intention to implement more specific means to protect its citizens.
The mayor stressed that selling, serving, and drinking liquor and such of its kind results in close contact and gatherings, hence, ignoring and violating social distancing.
There have been reports the government received that there are violations of such protocol which can be found in karaoke and videoke bars, internet cafés and gaming stations, where minors and youth disregards the protocol by socializing with others.
EO 25 Section 1 states the prohibition of selling or serving liquor and such kind by business establishments or any person.
Section 2 reinforces the former by also prohibiting the consumption or drinking liquor and such of its kind.
Section 3 of EO 25 states the closure of karaoke and videoke bars, internet cafés and gaming stations to the public.
As per the report, the mayor set a community quarantine over the city on March 15. He also banned all land, sea, and air travel to and from the city.
There is also a curfew starting 10 PM up to 4 AM. Furthermore, all mass gatherings and events involving a huge number of attendees are also halted.
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