Davao City’s liquor ban is finally over. However, don’t roll over.
There are still limitations.
After months of putting the cork on alcoholic drinks, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has lifted the 24-hour liquor ban at the strike of dawn on Monday (September 21, 2020). Mayor Sara issued Executive Order (EO) No. 50 Series of 2020 — an order providing for the lifting of the 24-hour liquor ban in Davao City.
Nevertheless, the lady chief executive made it clear that the lifting of the liquor ban is not a response to the clamor of some residents, but for economic reasons in response to business owners who have lost their livelihood and to the workers who have lost their jobs since the ban was imposed on April 6, 2020. At that time, the city was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to minimize the possibility of transmitting Covid-19 during drinking sessions.
The maximum allowed selling and serving of liquor per customer in restaurants and fast food businesses shall be a maximum of two individual servings of any alcoholic beverage. The limitation is stipulated in Section 4 of the executive order in reference to Section 3 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Memorandum Circular No. 20-38 Series of 2020.
However, the closure order on beerhouses and similar establishments whose primary business is serving of alcoholic drinks such as nightclubs, bars and beer gardens is still in effect.
These establishments shall not be allowed to operate as they are under the negative list of DTI and prohibited to operate during any form of community quarantine.
The lifting of the liquor ban came amidst the dissent of some medical practitioners.
“Dili pabor ang mga doctors sa pag-lift sa liquor ban puero dapat balansehon ang business ug pandemic. Naa man limitation ang servings so puwede ra i-lift ang liquor ban and we suggest diha lang mo mag inum sainyong balay ug dili mag invite ug mga amigo sa ingoing mga balay basin nagdala sila ug sakit,” Mayor Sara said.
The mayor also stressed that the selling, serving, or consuming of liquor and other intoxicating drinks will still be prohibited from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. under Ordinance No. 004-12 Series of 2013, or an Ordinance Amending No. 1627, series of 2014 that regulates the “operation of business establishments selling liquors, coconut wine and other nature wine and other alcoholic beverages” in Davao City.
When the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases through Resolution NO. 67 Series of 2020 placed Davao City under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until September 30, 2020, the city sees the need to gradually allow business establishments to resume oeprations including businesses in the liquor industry.