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Obey liquor ban rules, stores urged

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

Obey the rules on partial liquor ban.

The reminder came from Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia Sunday after several business establishments in the city were found to be selling liquor pass the allowed time.

Business establishments found violating the rules on selling of liquor will be blottered on their first offense, Leonardia said.

On the second offense, violators will face closure for 36 hours while a criminal case for violation of Republic Act 11332 will be filed against them, he added.

Leonardia explained that RA 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, is the basis of all executive orders regarding coronavirus disease 2019.

On Friday, the owners of three establishments in barangays Singcang-Airport and Tangub were given citation tickets for selling liquor beyond 6 p.m.

Under Leonardia’s executive order, liquor should only be served from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and consumption should only be done in private premises.

“We appeal to the business establishments to follow the guidelines on the partial liquor ban to avoid social gathering and it is one way to contain the rapid spread of the virus,” Leonardia stressed.

As to the implementation of the face shield ordinance, Leonardia said he has ordered the Police and the members of Task Force Disiplina to intensify the campaign against violators.

Meanwhile, Local Inter-Agency Task Force Head Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the city government appreciates the efforts of local businessmen to combat the spread of Covid 19 by regulating the entry of persons 15 years old and below, senior citizens, and other immunocompromised individuals to their establishments.

However, Familiaran said business establishment owners should consider the entrance of those who are exempted, regardless of their age, especially those obtaining essential goods and services. He said business owners should also allow the entry of those who are indispensable for work in industries permitted by the National Inter Agency Task Force.*

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