COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City to implement new regulations on the sale and consumption of liquor, 8-5 curfew amid GCQ

The City Government of Muntinlupa amended its liquor ban and is set to implement new regulations on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages for the duration of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-119 allowing the sale and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in commercial establishments permitted by the Inter Agency Task Force and other implementing authorities during the GCQ. Earlier, Muntinlupa City implemented a liquor ban for all levels of community quarantine.

Under the new local ordinance, drinking of liquor shall only be permitted within the private residence of the consumer. Social drinking involving individuals not living in the same residence is still prohibited.

Meanwhile, the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places such as restaurants, resto-bars, and other commercial establishments shall be regulated. Restaurants may only serve a maximum of two (2) bottles for beers, and two (2) glasses for hard drinks, wine, and whiskey.

Violators will face penalties amounting to P500.00 for first offense, P1,000.00 for second offense, and P2,000.00 for third and subsequent offenses.

As for violators who are minors, a stern warning will be given for first offense, withdrawal of scholarship grants from the local government or P500.00 (non-grantee) for second offense, and P1,000.00 for third and subsequent offenses. Charges for minors shall be fined against their parents or guardians.

A penalty of P5,000.00 including closure, suspension, or revocation of its business permit or license; and imprisonment of at least one (1) year shall be given to violating business entities.

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 new regulations. Local homeowners’ associations, including security guards, will also be deputized to augment operations.

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the relaxation of the liquor ban in Muntinlupa aims to help business establishments recover from losses during the lockdown.

Further, the local City Council has also passed City Ordinance 2020-120 imposing unified curfew period from 8:00 PM to 5:00 Am during GCQ as agreed upon by Metro Manila mayors. Curfew violators may face penalties of up to P1,000.00 and withdrawal of scholarship grants from the local government for minor violators.

As of August 23, Muntinlupa City has 2,893 confirmed cases with 1,909 recoveries, 877 active cases, 107 reported deaths, 944 suspect cases, and 797 probable cases.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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