Manila City imposes liquor ban during Luzon quarantine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) — A temporary liquor ban is in place in Manila City starting Monday after residents were caught partying during the enhanced community quarantine.

The Manila Public Information Office said Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso signed an executive order strictly banning the selling and distribution of alcoholic drinks during the country's fight against COVID-19. The business permits and mayor's permit of businesses who violate the ban will be revoked.

The order was issued after residents were caught violating social distancing and curfew guidelines. Some were also caught drinking outside their homes.

"Kahapon may mga lasing, may mga nagka-karaoke pa, tambay sa kalsada, nagpaparty-party pa. Ngayon, para wala na kayong dahilan para makahanap ng alak. Ipininagbabawal na po at binabawi pansamantala ang pribilehiyo sa mga tindahan na nagtitinda ng alak," the local executive said in the statement.

[Translation: We found people drunk, using the karaoke, hanging out in streets and partying. Now you can't buy liquor. We are temporarily banning the sale of alcoholic drinks.]

Other Metro Manila cities that imposed a liquour ban are Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Muntinlupa.