The local government joins other Metro Manila cities in enforcing a liquor ban and unified curfew hours from 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM effective on March 15 to April 4 in a bid to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi announced the imposition of liquor ban in Muntinlupa starting March 15 as part of the city’s tighter COVID-19 response efforts. He said the initiative aims to prevent gathering opportunities of city residents and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Fresnedi is set to sign an amended ordinance prohibiting the sale, trade, delivery, and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in the city.
Under the updated ordinance, violating business establishments shall receive suspension of business permit and closure for one (1) week for first offense and revocation of its business permit or license for second and succeeding offenses.
Individuals who will violate the liquor ban will be meted with 2,500 pesos penalty for first offense and 5,000 pesos for second and succeeding offenses.
Violators who are government employees will face administrative charges with penalties. While penalties for minors (below 18 years old) shall be charged against their parents or guardians and those who are part of the local scholarship program may lose their grant.
Members of PNP Muntinlupa, Public Order and Safety Office, City Security Office, Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau, Business Permits and Licensing Office, and Barangay Chairpersons shall take the lead in enforcing the liquor ban. Local homeowners’ associations, including security guards, will also be deputized to augment operations.
Muntinlupa City Council has also approved the imposition of curfew hours from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM beginning March 15 until April 4, 2021 adopting the Metro Manila Council MMDA Resolution No. 21-03, Series of 2021. Exempted individuals in the curfew include APOR, medical frontliners, essential workers, local fishermen, Kabalikat sa Kalinisan (street sweepers), delivery drivers with essential goods, and other individuals as determined by PNP and IATF.
Recently, Cruzero St., Villa Carolina 1 in Barangay Tunasan and 124 Purok 1 in Barangay Putatan
were placed under a two-week Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) from March 13 to March 28.
Muntinlupa City Health Officer (CHO) Dra. Tet Tuliao said that the areas has become areas of concern after recording a high attack rate of 150 per 1,000 individual population from February 27 to March 6. CHO is set to conduct a mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing of close contacts will also be facilitated.
As of March 14, Muntinlupa City has 5,891 confirmed cases with 5,492 recoveries, 222 active cases, 177 reported deaths, 67 suspect cases, and 414 probable cases.
*Source: Public Information Office