Marikina City ends liquor ban on first day of modified ECQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) — The Marikina City government has lifted the liquor ban on Saturday as the capital region embarks on its first day of modified enhanced community quarantine.

"Mayor Marcy (Teodoro) signed today Ordinance No. 64 Series of 2020 modifying the Liquor Ban in the City of Marikina which allowed the sale of liquors and other alcoholic drinks," posted the city's public information office (PIO) in its official Facebook page. The ordinance also covers online delivery services for the said beverages.

Marikina PIO added that drinking in public places, restaurants, and bars is still prohibited. However, residents may consume alcoholic beverages in their homes while observing social distancing and other health and safety protocols.

Two other Metro Manila local governments have already eased their liquor bans before the modified ECQ took place.

On May 14, the Pasay City government declared the lifting of its ban on the sale and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic drinks, with restrictions similar to Marikina City's.

Quezon City followed suit a day after. Aside from only allowing drinking within residences, the QC government has also placed restrictions such as a window period for buying alcoholic beverages. Residents may also buy these drinks in volumes but only for personal consumption.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said earlier that it is up to local governments to lift or impose a liquor ban.

Metro Manila, along with the entire Region III except Aurora and Tarlac, and Laguna are under modified ECQ until the end of May.

Meanwhile, Cebu City and Mandaue City have been placed under ECQ as of May 16. The rest of the country is under general community quarantine.