BAGUIO CITY – The local government is inclined to retain the liquor ban in the city, an official said Monday.
“The prohibition on sale and consumption of liquor has significantly contributed to the efforts of the local government to reduce unnecessary gatherings in the barangays which might serve as an avenue for the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19),” said Dexter See of the city information office.
The local government has no decision yet on whether to lift the ban if the city is downgraded to the general community quarantine after May 15.
See said the lifting is among the least priorities of the city, with establishments related to serving liquor among the last businesses to open.
He said the citywide liquor ban was a result of calls from various sectors in order to prevent small group gatherings.
See said that with the ban on the sale, establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, and even sari-sari stores have removed liquor products from their shelves, being non-essential goods. (ia/PNA)