QC government eases liquor ban amid modified ECQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) - The Quezon City government relaxed the liquor ban after more industries were allowed to reopen under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.

According to Executive Order No. 31 signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte, alcoholic beverages can be sold in stores between 1pm and 5pm daily.

The city government also ordered high-volume retailers such as supermarkets and groceries, and low-volume retailers such as sari-sari stores and kiosks to limit the amount of alcoholic drinks.

Under the executive order, alcoholic drinks may be bought in volumes for personal consumption only, and must be consumed inside homes.

On Sunday, the Quezon City Police District and the city government reminded the public on the limitations per transaction for the duration of the MECQ.

Further, retailers must require any buyer to present a valid government-issued ID or a valid business permit for purchases intended for redistribution.

The city-wide liquor ban took effect last March 26 under the Executive Order 24 Series of 2020 which prohibited the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating products, and regulated the consumption within Quezon City during the period of the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon.

The city government of Pasay and Marikina City also previously declared the lifting of liquor ban in their respective areas with restrictions on sale and consumption.

Metro Manila was placed under MECQ on May 16, while the government continues to address the rising COVID-19 cases in the area.