Muntinlupa City Council agrees to lift liquor ban but gives restrictions during GCQ

Liquor ban in Muntinlupa City is soon to be lifted after members of Muntinlupa City Council on Monday resolved to pass an ordinance lifting the ban but with restrictions for the duration of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the city council is yet to finalize an ordinance lifting the liquor ban in the city with provisions on restrictions and guidelines for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

She noted that social drinking involving individuals not living in the same residence shall still be strictly prohibited. Consumption or drinking of any kind of alcoholic beverages shall only be permitted within the private residence of the consumer.

Navarro added that beneficiaries of any financial assistance given by the national and local government during the community quarantine may not use their cash aid to purchase any alcoholic beverages. Violators shall be disqualified from any existing and future financial assistance from the government.

An ordinance for the lifting of the liquor ban in Muntinlupa City will be issued within the week.

A local task force headed by Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Muntinlupa Business Permits and Licensing Office has been inspecting commercial establishments and malls in the city to ensure that local ordinances and physical distancing are followed.

Under the general community quarantine, the local government has also implemented measures for people going to Muntinlupa City Hall compound including temperature checks, “no face mask, no entry” policy, physical distancing and disinfection.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi reminds city residents to be on guard and to continue observing health protocols as quarantine measures are relaxed in the implementation of GCQ. The local exec warned the public of another spike in COVID-19 cases upon complacency in observing quarantine protocols.

While Muntinlupa City records the highest recovery rate of COVID-19 cases among Metro Manila cities at 69.68% as of May 29, Fresnedi said the local government will continue to implement more stringent quarantine measures to entirely curb the virus in the city.

Muntinlupa City has 226 confirmed cases with 157 recoveries, 37 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 31 suspect cases, and 302 probable cases as of May 31.


*Source: Public Information Office