Muntinlupa City lifts liquor ban but with restrictions amid GCQ

Liquor ban in Muntinlupa City is now lifted but with restrictions for the duration of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed City Ordinance No. 2020-100 lifting the liquor ban in the city with provisions on restrictions and guidelines for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Under the local ordinance, city residents can only consume alcoholic beverages within the private residence of the consumer. Social drinking involving individuals not living in the same residence shall still be strictly prohibited.

The local government warns beneficiaries of financial assistance from DSWD, other national government agencies, and the City Government that they are prohibited to use their cash aid to purchase liquor or any alcoholic beverage to ensure that the government assistance is not wasted on alcohol. Beneficiaries of government financial assistance shall sign an undertaking to refrain from consuming alcohol during the GCQ and MGCQ.

The public is encouraged to report violators to the Barangay for proper action. Violators may face disqualification to receive financial assistance from government agencies.

Business establishments selling liquor are required to keep a log book of individuals who will purchase alcoholic beverages containing information including name of buyer, address of buyer, contact details, date and time of purchase, among others.

Minors and individuals already intoxicated are still prohibited to buy alcohol in the city.

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, including other health protocols such as 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.

Recently, a community in Barangay Alabang (Morning Breeze) has been placed on a 72-hour Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) starting on Wednesday to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Muntinlupa City has 236 confirmed cases with 159 recoveries, 45 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 54 suspect cases, and 353 probable cases as of June 2.

*Source: Public Information Office