Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella announced plans to lift the liquor ban in the city but warned businesses to continue to observe health protocols even as COVID-19 cases have dwindled.
Labella said the decision to lift the liquor ban was based on the favorable recommendation from the city’s Emergency Operations Center and the request of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).
CCCI, the biggest business organisation in Central Visayas, has earlier urged the local government to lift the liquor ban as part of efforts to revive the local economy and help sustain businesses, such as restaurants and bars.
Labella said he will issue a new executive order Friday, May 7, with the guidelines covering the lifting of the ban. The guidelines will include the regulation on the distribution of alcoholic beverages and the deployment of marshalls.
These marshals will be tasked to monitor the compliance of establishments with the minimum health standards, such as social distancing and other health protocols.
The mayor also reminded restaurant and bar owners that lifting the liquor ban does not lift the health protocols, so they would have to continue observing them.
Labella said marshals will check establishments and those that will be found violating the rules could risk losing their business permits.
Local officials and law enforcers earlier said the liquor ban helped in decreasing the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. Labella reimplemented the liquor ban after the cases in Cebu City breached the 2,000 mark again in February. – CebuNews.ph